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. Kingston or Viking 256MB 133MHz SDRAM 

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. New Pioneer I6X DVD-ROM 

. Creative 8X4X32 CD-ReWritable Drive 

. Nvidia GeForce 2 GTS Pro 32MB DDR 4X AGP 

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. ADI E66 1 9" 26mm DP 1600x1200 Color Monitor 
. Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live! Value Sound Card 
. Creative Labs Cambridge SoundWorks Digital 

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. USR PCI Hardware 56K V90 Data/Fax Modem 
. I 44MB Floppy Drive & Microphone 
. Microsoft Internet Keyboard &ABS™ NetScroll Mouse 
. Microsoft Windows 98 SE or Millennium Edition 
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. Gigabyte GA-6VXC7-4XVIA 133 Motherboard 

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. Creative I2X DVD-ROM 

. ADI E66 19" ,26mm DP 1600x1200 Color Monitor. MPR 

. Nvidia TNT2 M64 w/32MB 4X AGP Video Card 

OpenGL. DirectX. Direct 3D Support 
. Creative Labs SoundBlaster PCI 1 28 Sound Card & Mic 
. Altec Lansing ACS54 5-Piece Stereo Speaker System 

w/Powered Subwoofer 
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. I 44MB Floppy Drive & Microphone 
. ABS™ Keyboard &ABS™ NetScroll Mouse 
. Microsoft Windows 98 SE or Millennium Edition 
. Free Software. Corel Wordperfect Office 2000 CD 
* Optional One-Year Supreme Onsite Service $29 



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• Computer Shopper Best Buy -Aug 2000 

. Gigabyte GA-6VXC7-4XVIA 133 Motherboard 
. Kingston or Viking 128MB 133MHz SDRAM 
. Maxtor 20GB Ultra ATA 1 00 Hard Drive 
. Creative 1 2X DVD-ROM 

Add Creative 8X4X32 CD-RW Drive @$I39 
. Nvidia GeForce 2 MX 32MB AGP w/TwinView 

Display & 2nd Generation T&L Engines 
. ADI M700 17" 27mm DP 1280x1024 Color Monitor 
. Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live! Value Sound Card 
. Altec Lansing ACS54 5-Piece Stereo Speaker System 

w/Powered Subwoofer 
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. 1.44MB Floppy Drive & Microphone 
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. Microsoft Windows 98 SE or Millennium Edition 
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. Gigabyte GA-6VXC7-4XVIA 133 Motherboard 
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. Nvidia TNT2 M64 w/32MB 4X AGP Video Card 

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. Creative Labs SoundBlaster PCI 1 28 Sound Card & Mic 
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. I 44MB Floppy Drive & Microphone 
. ABS™ Keyboard & ABS™ NetScroll Mouse 
. Microsoft Windows 98 SE or Millennium Edition 
. Free Software: Corel Wordperfect Office 2000 CD 
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* CNet Editor's Choice -Jan 2000 

. Gigabyte GA-6VXC7-4XVIA 133 Motherboard 

. Kingston or Viking 64MB 133MHz SDRAM 

. Maxtor 1 0GB UltraATA Hard Drive 

. Creative I2X DVD-ROM Drive 

. ATI Xpert98 8MBAGPVideo Card 1 600x 1 200x 1 6 7 Million Color 

. ADI E44 15" Color l024x768Max Monitor 

Upgrade to ADI M700 17' 27mm DP 1280x1024 Monitor @$69 
. Creative Labs SoundBlaster PCI 1 28 Sound Card & Mic 
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. I 44MB Floppy Drive & Microphone 
. ABS™ Keyboard & ABS™ NetScroll Mouse 
. Microsoft Windows 98 SE or Millennium Edition 
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. Intel" Integrated AGP Graphics 

. ADI M700 17" 27mm DP 1280x1024 Color Monitor. MPR II 

. Creative CT5880 Integrated PCI Sound 

. Altec Lansing ACS33 Subwoofer Speaker System 

. ZOOM 56KV90 Data/Fax Modem 

. 1 .44MB Floppy Drive & Microphone 

. ABS™ Keyboard & ABS™ NetScroll Mouse 

. Microsoft Windows 98 SE or Millennium Edition 

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Alice and Bill make their resolutions for the next millennium. Plus, v-commerce 
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Alfred tames a modem with a mind of its own and cures some quirky behavior in 
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Networking your home PCs 
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one's left standing. 

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Let the Web be your PC's mechanic. We look at four innovative sites that perform online 

diagnostics and repair. 

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VOICE PORTALS by Don Willmott 

You can surf the Web with nary a computer screen in sight. We give you an earful of 
services that let you access Internet content over the phone, navigating simply by the 
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Longtime Computer Shopper readers 
know that 2000 has been quite a year 
for our magazine. The Internet has 
changed everything about "computer shop- 
ping," ranging from how you conduct initial 
product research, to the kinds of products you 
buy, to where you purchase those products. 

While Computer Shopper used to be 
the only place you could find compre- 
hensive product-selection, configura- 
tion, and pricing information, buyers 
are increasingly turning to the Web as 
well. While they still use magazines to find 
out what's new and to read in-depth product 
analysis, they often hop online to compari- 
son shop and check pricing and availability 
In March, we took a giant leap forward 
to address the changing needs of our read- 
ers, redesigning and reorganizing our big 
book. But instead 
of jumping on 
the e-business 
bandwagon (like 
other tech publi- 
cations, which 
shall remain 
nameless), we 
focused on how readers use the Net to do 
what they've always done with Computer 
Shopper in hand: shop for tech products. 

We added coverage on new topics that 
online shoppers encounter. (How do you use 
shopping bots, and can they really save you 
money? Which Web shops are the best for 
buying computer products?) And we lever- 
aged our relationship with ZDNet (our 
parent company) to cut through the < 
Web's information glut, offering 
features that no other computer pub- 
lication can boast. Every Computer Shopper 
product review sports a Price It! code that 
directs you to a real-time list of vendors that 
sell the product, what they're charging for it, 
and even links to make a purchase. Most of 
our feature stories include pointers that 
direct you to relevant information online 
(the top downloads available on ZDNet for 
the topic at hand, for instance). 

Although much has changed for us over 





the past year, our mission remains the same: 
to provide readers with the best advice on 
where to buy, what to buy, and how to buy 
it. Our new relationship with CNET 
Networks, which acquired ZDNet late in 

2000, will provide even more oppor- 
tunities to deliver unparalleled 
technology-shopping advice, 
with the two top tech infor- 
mation sites — CNET.com 
and ZDNet.com — at our side. 
So welcome to Computer Shopper 
2001, where we'll continue to focus on 
readers' needs. And what better way to start 
than to poll readers to find out what prod- 
ucts, services, and buying sites they rate as 
top-notch? Turn to p. 133 for our 15th annu- 
al readers' choice awards and find out what 
the industry's sawiest shoppers chose in 35 
categories, from Best Performance 
Desktop to Best Overall Place to 
Buy. This year, we've added timely 
categories such as Best MP3 Player 
(both hardware and software), 
Best Web-Based Service, and Best 
Home Networking Card. 

Speaking of home network- 
ing, if Dell, Gateway, and Microsoft are any 
indication, the connected home will be one 
of the hottest topics of the year. During 
the fall 2000 COMDEX trade 
show, all three tech giants 
were using model homes 
(some occupied by a "fami- 
I ly" of actors) to showcase 
products in a networked 
home setting. To get up 
to speed on the networking 
options available for your 
home — and what you can do 
with them — read our feature "Family 
Connections," on p. 152. Finally, don't miss 
John Blackford's column on p. 70, in which 
he does battle with his own home LAN. 





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Editor- in-Chief Janice J. Chen 

Executive Editor Rjk Fairlie 

Senior Editors Nancy A. Lang, Steven Schwartz 

Staff Editor Kiersten Conner-Sax 

Assistant Editor Brian Bennett 

Product Coordinator Pedro Burgos 

Editorial Business Coordinator/ 

Assistant to Editor-in-Chief. Ursula Gattis 

Managing Editor Wendy A. Sheehan 

Copy Chief John A. Burek 

Senior Copy Editor Brian T. Horowitz 

Copy Editor Melissa DeMeo 

Editorial Assistant Adam Fisher 

Design Director Barry Simon 

Associate Art Directors Todd Betterley, 

Scott Brandsgaard, Chris Phillips 
Princip al Photographer Chris Gould 

Editor at Urge Abigail Crane 

Director of Editorial Development John Blackford 

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IT'S IN HERE! 

I'm surprised you didn't mention 
any voice-portal technologies in 



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your "Top 100" New Technologies section 
(November, p. 158). Is this a so-so sector? I 
was under the impression it's going to be 
the up-and-coming technology. Is it too 
early to tell? 

Orv Neconie 

Please see our roundup of current voice portals, 
"You Asked for It," in this issue's Features 
section. — Ed. 



PALM DELAyS ARE OUT OF HAND 

I'm certain your comments in your 
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Palm ml 00 and Handspring Visor Deluxe 
are correct (November, p. 146). For the past 
year, however, the products have been back- 
logged at the retail level. After continual 
delays (measured by me in weeks and 
months) in receiving a Palm V, I contacted 
Mobile Planet, where a knowledgeable 
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does it run the Palm OS, it has a handy 
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offer, and it sells for an unbeatable price. 
The device has been trouble-free since I 
received it. TRGpro wins my nod. 

Jeff Adams 

A HAND RAISED FOR JORNADA 

Your November "Top 100" Mobile 
Products section (p. 146) left out the 
HP Jornada 548 Pocket PC. I'd like to cast 
my own vote for this machine. I'm a former 
Palm III user, and I've found the Jornada's 
ergonomics, fit and finish, bundled soft- 
ware, and integrated Type I slot make it an 
outstanding PDA. To truly appreciate the 
Jornada, you need to use it for longer than a 
quickie product review allows. Palms are 
nice units, but if you're into computers at 
all, you'll outgrow them. 

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DESKTOPS AREN'T WORKSTATIONS 

Regarding November's "Top 100" 
(p. 144), I think it's ridiculous to say 
desktops have reached workstation status 
just because they're running a lot faster than 
they used to. Workstations are faster, too. 
Compare Hewlett-Packard's eVectra desk- 
tops to the HP Kayak workstation series, for 
instance. There is a difference. Workstations 
are different from desktops, and probably 
will remain so for quite a while. 

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building nine computers in the past five 
years, I know it can be frustrating when you 
turn on your system and it just sits there like 
a lump. I'd like to offer a few hints. 

Never reuse an old IDE cable, and never 
use a cable that doesn't have an indexing lug 
to ensure it's correctly inserted. Cables that 
were bent or twisted to fit a cramped case 
may have fatigue cracks, leading to intermit- 
tent problems that are difficult to debug. 
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them anywhere but right atop each other. 
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and motherboard will support at least two 
extra cooling fans. Even high-quality ball- 
bearing fans cost only $4 or $5 each when 
purchased along with the case or cables, 
and they will dramatically reduce over- 



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(November, p. 81), the recording industry 
needs to follow television's example. Just as 
TV producers sell their shows to networks 
and are compensated from the advertising 
dollars, so the record producers should sell 
their songs to radio stations and networks. I 
think the recording industry could work this 
out easily, but they refuse to change their 
big-profit system. 

Karl Wildenstein 

SCARED TO LOOK 

Reading John Dvorak's column 
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terrified at the thought of people wearing 
these display glasses while driving. Even if 
doing so is outlawed, it will happen. Too bad 
these devices and others like them can't be 
rendered useless when worn behind a 
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'Tis the Season for Returns 
And Retribution 



Past holiday seasons have 
underscored the uncer- 
tainties of e-commerce. And 
while this year brings no guar- 
antees of fault-free shopping, 
you can take a few steps to 
avoid sweating out the final 
days of the season — or at 
least get retribution in the 
first days of 2001. 

By now, most consumers 
know to shop early and to 
use a credit card. But many 
remain uncertain about 
recourse for untimely deliv- 
ery and incorrect orders, says 
Steve Salter, project director 
for the Better Business 
Bureau Online's Reliability 
Program (www.bbbonline.org). 
He advises shoppers to dig deep 
into the e-tailer's policies sec- 
tion and carefully read the 
return provisions. 

If you decide to order and 
are dissatisfied with the pur- 
chase, remember that most 
online merchants require you 
to pay for return shipping of 
nondefective goods. But Salter 
says many companies will offer 
a reasonable compromise (for 
instance, issuing a credit or a 



gift certificate) if you're persis- 
tent. Disgruntled customers 
also can fill in a complaint form 
at BBBOnLine; Salter says the 
bureau follows up on many 




complaints. 

If the holidays pass and the 
item never shows up, you have 
up to 120 days after the pur- 
chase date to dispute a charge 
to a credit card. Be sure to con- 
tact the credit-card company in 
writing, explaining that the 
item was never received and 
that you will not pay for it. 

Also, several Web sites aim 
to help customers register their 
complaints. PlanetFeedback 
(www.planetfeedback . com) 



TRULY TRASHED E-MAIL 



One of the scariest things 
about e-mail is that it never 
really goes away. Dragging old 
messages into the trash bin is no 
guarantee that they're gone for 
good, especially in corporate envi- 
ronments. That fact has opened 
up a market for secure e-mail 
transmissions that can, in true 
Mission: Impossible style, "self- 
destruct in 5 seconds." 

Read a few of the cautionary 
tales at Disappearing's site 



(www.disappearing.com) , and 
you'll see why a product like 
Disappearing Email can make 
sense. If you use Microsoft 
Outlook 98 or 2000, you can try 
it by downloading a 500K app 
that adds a Send Disappearing 
Email button to the Outlook 
interface, along with a menu that 
lets you set an expiration date for 
the message in question. 

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a server that encrypts the body of 
the message and points back to a 



provides company addresses, 
customer-service phone num- 
bers, and contact names. The 
site also helps you compose let- 
ters of complaint. For $5, 
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with your complaint, which it 
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engines. Each time the page is 
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Goods 

You've earned a fat stash of 
frequent-flyer miles by 
enduring jam-packed planes, 
shoddy customer service, and 
innumerable delays. Do you 
really want to get back on a 
plane to spend your miles? 

Get on the Web instead and 
put those miles to use without 
leaving the comforts of home. 
A new site, MilePoint.com 



server that holds the key. You can 
send such a message to anyone; 
recipients don't need special 
software, just an e-mail client 
capable of viewing an HTML 
mail message. 

All is normal until the expira- 
tion date arrives, at which point 
the key disappears and no one, 
including the sender, can ever 
read the message again. 

Disappearing sells mainly cor- 
porate solutions. Pricing varies 
depending on the number of 
copies installed at a site. 

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(www.milepoint.com), will let 
members redeem miles for dis- 
counts on products purchased 
at more than 100 stores, includ- 
ing Amazon.com, Brooks 
Brothers, Cigar Enthusiast, 
Garden.com, and Hammacher 
Schlemmer. 

MilePoint.com members 
can convert each mile into 2 
cents of MilePoint Money, 
which can then be applied to 
discounts of up to 25 percent 
off purchases. Participating air- 
lines include America West, 
Continental, Delta, Northwest, 
TWA, and U.S. Airways. 

American Airlines and 
America Online recently 
launched their own frequent- 
flyer program, AOL 
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existing American Airlines 
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with existing American 
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Stores that let you earn 
miles include The Sharper 
Image, GiftCertificates.com, 
CarsDirect.com, 1-800- 
Flowers.com, and a variety of 
travel suppliers. 

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Governments, however, 
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gambling in the form of sports 
betting or casino-style games 
such as blackjack. Reports vary 



widely on the revenues they 
earn. One recent study pre- 
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in 2000, ballooning to $3 bil- 
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The U.S. Senate recently 
attempted to pass a law 
forcing Internet service 
providers to block gam- 
bling sites that originate 
from other countries. The 
government of Australia 
also recently moved to put a 
temporary moratorium on 
online gambling. 

The e-dice were seemingly 
on the industry's side, however, 
as both governments were 
unable to pass their proposed 
measures. And despite the 
desire for governments to ban 
it, online gambling continues to 
grow at a healthy clip. 



So why the uproar? Apart 
from the potential economic 
threat to traditional casinos, 
detractors of e-gambling main- 
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for three basic reasons. A pri- 
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relative ease with which 
unscrupulous online casinos 
could steal money from online 
gamblers. Other concerns 
include gambling by minors 
and the possibility that the easy 
accessibility would encourage 
compulsive gamblers. 

If organizations such as the 
Interactive Gaming Council 
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simply much too complicated 
to maneuver. 

A new reservations engine 
developed by ITA Software 
may change all that. This book- 
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modern, flexible, and compre- 
hensive than other engines, 
which are built atop code devel- 
oped by the airlines as early as 
the 1960s, says Jeremy 
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ITA. ITA constructed its reser- 
vations engine from the ground 
up in a modern programming 
language, endowing it with 
staggering range and flexibility 
in finding the best fares. 

'All the other Web sites put 
a different face on it, but use 
the same underlying technolo- 
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weren't designed to let you 
simultaneously search for dif- 
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combinations." 

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beta site confirms that ITA is 
miles above the rest. It's fast, 
accurate, and intuitive, and lists 
more fares (and only for flights 
that have seats available) than 
any other site we checked. Not 
only can you look for the best 
fare for a specific itinerary, you 
also can search over a range of 
several days and destinations. 



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controversial upcoming Web 
site owned by five large U.S. 
carriers, have licensed the 
engine for use on their own 
sites. And when five compet- 
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thing, you know it's gotta be 
good. —Elaine X. Grant 



EASY ON THE EARS 

Audio files are on everyone's ears these days, 
from MP3 to WMA to good old-fashioned 
streaming audio. Finding and downloading those 
files, however, can be a chore. 

Voquette (www.voquette.com) 
offers a great solution. The 
Voquette Web site provides a 
detailed catalog of free audio files 
that are organized into categories 
including audio books, entertain- 
ment, music, news, and sports, 
complete with descriptions of the 
files and links to other sources. 
Even better, it provides the 
Voquette Media Manager (VMM) 
application as a free download. 



Download VMM, and the software places a 
1 -inch-square "basket" on your desktop. While 
you're surfing, you can drag and drop just about 
any kind of audio file into the basket, where 
VMM notes and organizes the URLs. 

You then use VMM to 
download the files and play 
them, or record them to a 
hard drive, portable MP3 
player, or writable CD. 
VMM even saves streaming 
media files, which is unique 
among media managers. 

Voquette makes finding, 
recording, and playing 
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more manageable experi- 
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You probably know some- 
one with a digital camera 
who can shoot your next party, 
banquet, or reunion, then post 
the images to a public Web site. 
Chances are, however, you 
don't know a professional pho- 
tographer who can do the 




same. One company has a solu- 
tion: Photozone.com 
(www.photozone.com) combines 
a local photography referral ser- 
vice with online photo finish- 
ing, enabling you and your 
guests to view and order prints. 

Invite a Photozone.com 
photographer to your event, 
and a day or two later the com- 
pany will post proof sheets on 
its secure Web site. You can 
view the photos online and pur- 
chase prints, as well as give 
guests a password that will 
enable them to purchase their 
own copies. 

Although the service pri- 
marily targets corporate event 
planners, the company says it 
does a fair number of personal 
events such as weddings. 
Photozone.com employs a net- 
work of 800 photographers 
across the nation, and has shot 
events in Canada and Mexico. 
The service will be available 
worldwide by year's end. 



Each 4x6 print costs $4, and 
8x10 prints cost $10. (Print 
packages and black-and-white 
photos are also available.) In 
addition, there's an up-front 
booking fee of $500 for corpo- 
rate events; the company says 
the charge for personal events is 
negotiable and "significantly 
less" than the corporate rate. If 
the photographs are of a non- 
profit organization's event, 
Photozone.com will donate $1 
of each photo purchase to that 
organization. 

The company later plans to 
make digital photos available 
for download, although pricing 
was not yet available. 

—Kevin Savetz 

PRINTING 
IN PUBLIC, 

WIRELESSLY 

You've probably been on 
the road some time or 
another and needed to print a 
document. But unless you're 
one of the few to have pur- 
chased a portable inkjet, you 
were out of luck. 

Now Axis Communications 
(www.axis.com) is suggesting a 
new approach to mobile printing 
with a technology that takes 
advantage of wireless network- 
ing technologies to allow 
portable devices to print to a 
public printer. 

Axis plans to debut mobile 
printing products that use 
Bluetooth or 802.11 wireless 
technology (or both) early in 
2001, says Patrik Anderson, busi- 
ness development manager. To 
that end, the company has devel- 
oped XML-based print drivers 
for handhelds and cell phones, 
and a pair of hardware /software 
add-ons for printers. 

Anderson says the software- 
hardware combo will allow 
mobile workers to print a docu- 
ment anywhere, whether the 
printer resides at a hotel, in an 
airport, at work, or at home. 
Assuming they have the Axis 



software installed on their 
devices, users will be able to 
print files from a notebook, 
handheld, or PDA, eliminating 
the onerous task of scrolling 
through documents on small 
screens. 

Another possible application 
for the technology is printing a 
photo directly from a digital 
camera. Axis also predicts 
remote printing will enable itin- 
erant infonauts to use a phone 
or handheld to identify content 
on the Net, then print it with- 
out having to download or read 
it first. —John G. Spooner 



Think Americans are the most wired 
of all? Guess again. While 66 per- 
cent of U.S. citizens have Net access at 
home or work, the Web surf is up for 
74 percent of Swedes. Other findings 
from an American Express survey of 
I 1,410 people in 1 countries: 

• 46 percent have Internet access. 

• 28 percent now shop online or will 
within the year. 

• Books, event tickets, and CDs top 
shopping lists. 

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factor for 81 percent of shoppers. 

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pare, then buy from traditional 
stores. 

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online shopping by 
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choose items from 
multiple sellers — 
a water purifier, beef 
jerky, and jewelry, for 
instance — then buy 
them all in a single 
order. 

The site, which is similar 
to the more established 
CatalogCity.com (www. 
catalogcity.com), opened its 
doors last year with 120 cata- 
logs, and expects to have 500 
online by the time you read 
this. All catalogs represented at 
MyOnlyCatalog.com are estab- 
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much smaller retailers, such as 
Celebriducks (bathtub ducks of 
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If only Sony could press the 
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of its PlayStation2 game 
machine, an elusive holiday gift 
that is still playing hide-and- 
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In late September, 
Sony announced that it 
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lowing month. Citing a 
chip shortage that is also 
plaguing the PDA and 
cell-phone markets, the 
consumer-electronics 
giant said that 
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ger the roll- 
out of 

machines to match 
supply. Sony officials said that 
an initial 500,000 units would 
be available at launch, followed 
by 100,000 units each week 
until year's end. 

But supply missed demand 
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When they couldn't get the 
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with Sega of America's $150 
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Peter Moore says the company 
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mate its production abilities. 
Analysts anticipate that 
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At press time, 
Sony was scrambling 
to meet demand. 
Major retail chains 
were less affected 
than smaller mom- 
and-pop shops, but 
analysts predicted a 
major crunch for 
the holiday shopping 
season. 
Sony may be a victim of its 
own success. The original 
PlayStation's advanced graphics 
capabilities rocketed it to the 
top of the video-game market, 
and Sony planned to capitalize 
on that success and increase its 
popularity beyond hard-core 
gamers. 

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market the PlayStation2 as the 
future of home entertainment, 
with DVD- and CD-player 
capabilities. But it omitted 
the modem, limiting the 
PlayStation2's online gaming 
potential. Nonetheless, 
PlayStation2 should give 
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years? You may not have to: A fledgling firm named ArrayComm 
has developed technology that promises to deliver by midyear wireless 
data at speeds of up to I Mbps. 

The key is not necessarily having the best technology but, in some 
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Group, a system-integration firm specializing in wireless technology. 

ArrayComm holds one advantage here, thanks to its partnership 
with Sony Corp., which has invested $8 million in the company. Sony 
hopes the startup will provide a high-speed wireless network for deliv- 
ery of music, videos, and games on pocketable devices. To that end, 
Sony is developing portable music devices, data-enabled wristwatches, 
and interactive custom games that are location-aware. 

ArrayComm intends to start building a nationwide data network in 
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DoDots is betting that the 
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Any content that can 
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Mini Web pages, without the browser 

technology that lives up to the 
hype. Because Dots can interact 
with one another, a Web site 
can create a suite of Dots 
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For now, though, DoDots 
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Application service provider 
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not-for-profit division to award 
scholarships to small-office and 
home-office business owners. 

The SOHOcollege.com 
(www.sohocollege.com) division 
awards four to 10 business own- 
ers scholarships of $2,000 to 
$5,000 each, for a total of 
$20,000 per month. In addition 
to this general fund, four 
specific $20,000 funds will 
be added in 2001 at a rate 
of one per quarter. The 
four new categories will be —" 
women's enterprise, senior 
startup, junior (or student) 
startup, and minority enter- 
prise. With the five funds 
in place by the end of 2001, 
the company will be award- 
ing a total of $100,000 per 
month. 

To be eligible, a business 
must have fewer than 10 employ- 
ees and earn less than $500,000 in 
annual revenue. Scholarships are 
based on three criteria: the 
attractiveness and effectiveness of 
a company's Web site, the 
strength of its business plan, and 
the value and uniqueness of its 
business concept. 

"We're not interested in 



companies that are reselling 
Amazon's books or acting as the 
merchandising arm for some- 
one else's product," explains 
Jeff Jochum, EBZ.com's chief 
executive. 

Recent winners include 
Mary's Garden Soap (www. 
marysgardensoap.com), purveyor 
of handmade soaps; Flying 
Poodle (www.poodlesfly. com), a 

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and gifts for animal lovers; and 
Send Some Dead Flowers (www. 
sendsomedeadflowers. com) , 
which needs no explanation. 

What's in it for EBZ.com, a 
designer of Web-site solutions 
for SOHO businesses? 'At 
EBZ.com, we like to buy into 
the more successful businesses 



Consumers Tiring of Opt-In E-Mail 

, nee revered for its affordability, opt-in e-mail could become a vic- 
tim of its own popularity. A recent report by e-business research 
firm eMarketer fvwwv.emarketer.com) revealed that average click- 
through rates for the vehicle, also known as permission marketing, fell 
to 5.4 percent in August 2000, from I I percent in January 2000. 

"People sometimes discover they've opted in for more than they 
can handle," says Geoffrey Ramsey, eMarketer's co-founder and 
head statistician. "Next thing they know, their inbox is flooded. The 
response rate goes down, and the cost per transaction goes up. And 
it's only going to get worse." 

To improve the click-through rates of your own opt-in cam- 
paigns. Ramsey suggests carefully targeting customers, personalizing 
messages, and giving subscribers control over the frequency and for- 
mat of the message. The content of the messages is also important. 
According to Forrester Research, consumers are most interested 
in receiving coupons via e-mail and least interested in receiving 
company information. 

Like traditional direct-mail campaigns, the response rate is higher 
for e-mail directed to current customers than it is to new ones. 
Ramsey advises viewing permission marketing as more of a retention 
tool than a means of capturing new customers. -Melissa DeMeo 



because the company with the 
largest number of successful 
customers wins," Jochum says. 
"If we don't find or create suc- 
cessful customers, we're just 
creating an also-ran product." 

Furthermore, because 
scholarship winners receive a 
day of custom site-design assis- 
tance from EBZ.com, the com- 
pany gets to spend a day each 
month with six to 10 business- 
es. "This way we learn what 



our customers want directly, 
and we can pass this informa- 
tion on to our design and 
development teams," says 
Jochum. "Before, we had to 
rely on focus groups to define 
what our customers want. The 
amount of insight we get has 
been phenomenal." 

Scholarship winners also get 
their sites and businesses includ- 
ed in EBZ.com's national mar- 
keting campaign, and receive 
free and discounted services 
and products from its business 
partners. -Nancy A. Lang 



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Elingo (www.elingo.com), along 
with a handful of other 
Internet translation companies, 
hopes to change that. 

Elingo 's translations 
aren't perfect, admits Ken 
Burke, director of sales, 
but they capture main 
ideas and phrases quickly. 
The company provides 
back-end translation 
services to portals such 
as Excite Japan, Lycos, 
and Spain's Yupi.com, 
and e-mail service 
providers such as 
Commatouch. The bidirection 
al translation services are 
available in English, Japanese, 
Spanish, and Russian, among 
other languages. 

Visitors to elingo clients' 
sites can translate blocks of 
text, search queries, Web 
pages, or e-mail. A Spanish- 
speaking visitor on Yupi.com, 
for instance, can access an 
English e-commerce site in 
Spanish. Or Commatouch 
e-mail users can compose 
e-mails in English and have 
them translated to Japanese. 
All translations are performed 
in real-time. A search or 
text-block translation takes 
several seconds; a Web page 



translation takes slightly longer. 
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tures, and pricing varies by the 
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clients are paying $25,000 to 
$50,000 up front, and the same 
$250 monthly minimum. 

Companies that don't need 
to host translations on their 
sites can place a free link to 
elingo's site, and from there, 
visitors can perform their own 
translations for free. 

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DELL INSPIRON 4000 



NEW— Style, Freedom, Simplicity Notebook 

■ Intel* Celeron ™ Processor at 600MHz 

■ 14.1" XGA Display 

■ 64MB SDRAM ■ 5GB 5 Ultra ATA HD 

■ Modular 24X Max Variable CD-ROM 

■ 8MB AGP 2X ATI Rage Mobility™ 128 3D* Video 

■ Smart Li-Ion Battery 

■ MS* Office 2000 Small Business 

■ MS* Windows* Me 



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$15490 

BUSINESS LEASE: $43/MO.,48 MOS." 

■ Upgrade to 10GB 5 HD, only $100 

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■ 3-Yr NBD On-site Service, 4 add $149 

■ Upgrade to CompleteCare™ Service 20 from 
3-Yr NBD On-site Service, 4 add $169 



DELL INSPIRON 5000e 



NEW— Performance and Mobility Notebook 

■ Intel* Celeron" Processor at 600MHz 

■ 15" XGA TFT Display 

■ 64MB SDRAM ■ 5GB 5 Ultra ATA HD 

■ Modular 24X Max Variable CD-ROM/ 
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■ 8MB AGP 2X ATI Rage Mobility™ 128 3D* Video 

■ 59WHr Li-Ion Battery 

■ MS* Office 2000 Small Business 

■ MS* Windows* Me 

■ 3-Yr NBD On-site Service 4 



$18990 



E.VALUE CODE 
05925-891218 



BUSINESS LEASE: $52/MO.,48 MOS.' 1 

■ Upgrade to Intel* Pentium* III Processor at 
600MHz, add $60 

■ Upgrade to 128MB Memory, only $150 

■ Upgrade to CompleteCare™ Service, 20 add $169 




DELL INSPIRON 3800 



Design and Affordability Notebook 

■ Intel* Celeron™ Processor at 600MHz 

■ 12.1" SVGA Active Matrix Display 

■ 32MB SDRAM ■ 5GB 5 Ultra ATA HD 

■ Modular 24X Max Variable CD-ROM 

■ 8MB AGP 2X ATI Rage Mobility™ 3D* Video 

■ MS* Works Suite 2001 ■ MS* Windows* Me 

■ 1-Yr NBD On-site Service 4 



$12490 



E.VALUE CODE 
05925-891212 

BUSINESS LEASE: $34/MO.,48 MOS." 

Upgrade to 14.1" XGA Display, only $200 

Add Internal 56K Capable 6 Modem, only $39 

3-Yr NBD On-site Service, 4 add $149 

Upgrade to CompleteCare™ Service 20 from 

3-Yr NBD On-site Service, 4 add $169 



DELL INSPIRON 5000e 



NEW— Performance and Mobility Notebook 

■ Intel* Pentium* III Processor at 700MHz 

■ 15" XGA TFT Display 

■ 64MB SDRAM ■ 5GB 5 Ultra ATA HD 

■ Modular 24X Max Variable CD-ROM/ 
Floppy Drive 

■ 8MB AGP 2X ATI Rage Mobility™ 128 3D* Video 

■ 59WHr Li-Ion Battery 

■ MS* Office 2000 Small Business 

■ MS* Windows* Me 

■ 3-Yr NBD On-site Service 4 



$21290 



E.VALUE CODE 
05925-891221 



BUSINESS LEASE: $59/MO.,48 MOS." 

■ Upgrade to 128MB Memory, only $150 

■ Add Modular Removable 8x2 Max Variable 
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DELL INSPIRON 8000 



NEW— Performance and Versatility Notebook 

■ Intel* Pentium* III Processor at 700MHz 

■ 15" Super XGA+ TFT Display 

■ 64MB SDRAM ■ 4GB 5 Ultra ATA HD 

■ Modular 24X Max Variable CD-ROM/Floppy Drive 

■ 8MB AGP 4X ATI Rage Mobility™-M4 3D* Video 

■ 59WHr Li-Ion Battery 

■ MS' Office 2000 Small Business 

■ MS* Windows* Me ■ 3-Yr NBD On-site Service 4 

E-VALUE CODE 
05925-891222 

BUSINESS LEASE: $62/MO.,48 MOS." 

■ Upgrade to 128MB Memory, only $150 

■ Add Xircom* RealPort* Card Bus Ethernet 
10/100 + 56K Capable 6 Modem, only $229 

■ Upgrade to CompleteCare™ Service, 20 add $169 



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DELL LATITUDE CPt 



Network-Optimized Notebook 

■ Intel* Celeron ™ Processor at 600MHz 

■ 12.1" SVGA Active Matrix Display 

■ 64MB SDRAM ■ 6GB 5 Ultra ATA HD 

■ Modular 24X Max CD-ROM/Floppy Drive 

■ MS* Windows* 98, Second Edition 

■ Li-Ion Battery w/ExpressCharge™ Technology 

■ Dual Pointing -Touchpad and Pointing Stick 

■ Internal 56K Capable 6 SoftModem 

■ 1-Yr NBD On-site Service 4 



$14990 



E-VALUE CODE 
05925-791214 

BUSINESS LEASE: $41/MO.,48 MOS. n 

■ Upgrade to 14.1" Active Matrix Display, add $250 



DELL LATITUDE LS 



UltraLight Notebook at 3.5 lbs and just 1" thin 

■ Intel* Pentium* III Processor at 500MHz 

■ 12.1" SVGA Active Matrix Display 

■ 64MB SDRAM ■ 6GB 5 Ultra ATA HD 

■ MS' Windows* 2000 Professional 

■ Li-Ion 4-cell Battery (Upgrade to 6-cell, only $49) 

■ Internal 56K Capable 6 Modem and 10/100 NIC 

■ 3-Yr NBD On-site Service 4 



$20790 

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E-VALUE CODE 
05925-791220 

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■ External 24X Max CD-ROM, add $99 

■ Advanced Port Replicator, add $199 

■ Upgrade to CompleteCare™ Service 20 - Protect 
Your Investment from Drops or Spills, only $169 



DELL LATITUDE C6QO 



NEW— Network-Optimized and Wireless-Ready 

■ Intel* Pentium* III Processor at 750MHz 

■ 14.1" XGA Active Matrix Display 

■ 64MB SDRAM ■ 6GB 5 Ultra ATA HD 

■ Modular 24X Max CD-ROM/Floppy Drive 

■ MS* Windows* 2000 Professional 

■ Li-Ion Battery w/ExpressCharge™ Technology 

■ Dual Pointing -Touchpad and Pointing Stick 

■ Internal 56K Capable 6 SoftModem 

■ 3-Yr NBD On-site Service 4 



$25790 



E-VALUE CODE 
05925-791225 

BUSINESS LEASE: $71/MO.,48 MOS. 11 

■ Combo 10/100 NIC and Modem, add $149 

■ Latitude™ C/Dock* II Expansion Station, 
add $549 



DELL LATITUDE C600 



NEW— Network-Optimized and Wireless-Ready 

■ Intel* Pentium* III Processor at 750MHz 

■ 14.1" XGA Active Matrix Display 

■ 128MB SDRAM ■ 10GB 5 Ultra ATA HD 

■ Modular 24X Max CD-ROM/Floppy Drive 

■ MS* Windows* 2000 Professional 

■ Li-Ion Battery w/ExpressCharge™ Technology 

■ Dual Pointing -Touchpad and Pointing Stick 

■ Internal 56K Capable 6 SoftModem 

■ 3-Yr NBD On-site Service 4 



$28790 



E-VALUE CODE 
05925-791228 



BUSINESS LEASE: $79/MO.,48 MOS. 11 
■ Upgrade to CompleteCare™ Service 20 - Protect 
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DELL LATITUDE C8QO 



NEW— All-ln-One Performance Notebook 

■ Intel* Pentium* III Processor at 850MHz 

■ 15" SXGA+ Active Matrix Display 

■ 64MB SDRAM ■ 10GB 5 Ultra ATA HD 

■ 16MB 4X AGP ATI Rage Mobility™-M4 3D* Video 

■ 24X Max CD-ROM/Modular Floppy Drive 

■ MS* Windows* 2000 Professional 

■ Li-Ion Battery w/ExpressCharge™ Technology 

■ Dual Pointing -Touchpad and Pointing Stick 

■ Internal 56K Capable 6 SoftModem 

■ 3-Yr NBD On-site Service 4 

E-VALUE CODE 
05925-791231 

BUSINESS LEASE: $88/MO.,48 MOS." 

■ Upgrade to 32MB 4X AGP ATI Rage Mobility™-M4 
3D* Video, only $179 

■ Upgrade to a 20GB 5 Ultra ATA HD, only $249 



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AMD Athlon™ Processor 1GHZ 
w/Enhanced 3DNow! Technoloav 
128MB SDRAM 
20GB Ultra DMA Hard Drive 

• 200MHz Front Side Bus, 256K 
Performance Enhancing L2 Cache 

• 1.44MB 3.5" Floppy Drive 

• Nvidia TNT-2 Vanta 8MB AGP 3D 
Graphics Accelerator 

• 52X Max CD-ROM Drive 

• PCI 3D Wavetable Audio 

• Powered stereo Speakers 

• 56K V.90 PCI Voice/Fax/Data Modem 

• Microsoft Windows 98 2 nd Edition or 
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• 104 Keyboard, PS/2Mouse 



$799 

Athon Processor 900MHz $699 
Ath on Processor 950MHz $739 
Athon Processor 1.1 GHz $899 
Athlon Processor 1.2GHz $1039 

• Upgrade to 30GB HD, add $40 

• Upgrade to 12X DVD, add $90 



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• AMD Athlon™ Processor 1GHZ 
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128MB SDRAM 

30GB Ultra ATA/66 Hard Drive, 7200RPM 
12X DVD ROM Drive 

• 200MHz Front Side Bus, 256K 
Performance Enhancing L2 Cache 

• 1 .44MB 3.5" Floppy Drive 

• Nvidia TNT-2 32MB AGP 3D Graphics 
Accelerator 

• 52X Max CD-ROM Drive 

• PCI 3D Wavetable Audio 

• Powered stereo Speakers 

• 56K V.90 PCI Voice/Fax/Data Modem 

• Microsoft Windows 98 2 nd Edition or 
Windows Millennium Edition 

• 104 Keyboard, PS/2Mouse 



$959 

Athlon Processor 900MHz $859 
Athlon Processor 950MHz $899 
Athlon Processor 1.1 GHz $1059 
Athlon Processor 1.2GHz $1199 



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• 256K Performance Enhancing 12 Cache 

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• Nvidia GeForce2 GTS 32MB DDR AGP 3D 
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• Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live! Value 3D 
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• Creative Labs CambridgeSoundWorks 
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• 56K V.90 PCI Voice/Fax/Data Modem 

• Microsoft Windows 98 2nd Edition or 
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• 104 Keyboard, Microsoft Intellimouse 



$1459 

Athlon Processor 1.1 GHz $1619 
Athlon Processor 1.2GHz $1819 

• Upgrade to 256MB 266MHz DDR SDRAM, add $199 

• Upgrade to 64MB ATI Radepm Graphics, add $40 



AMD Athlon™ Processor 1.2GHZ 
w 266MHZ Front Side Bus." 

Enhanced 3DNow! Technology 

256MB 266MHz DDR SDRM 

60GB Ultra ATA Hard Drive, 7200RPM 

• 16X DVD-ROM Drive 

• 256K Performance Enhancing 12 Cache 

• 1 .44MB 3.5" Floppy Drive 

• Nvidia GeForce2 Ultra 64MB AGP 3D 
Graphics Accelerator w/TV-Out 

• Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live! Value 3D 
Wavetable Sound Card 

• Creative Labs CambridgeSoundWorks 
FPS1000 4-Piece Speakers w/Subwoofer 

• 56K V90 PCI Voice/Fax/Data Modem 

• Microsoft Windows 98 2nd Edition or 
Windows Millennium Edition 

• 104 Keyboard, Microsoft Intellimouse 



$2299 

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AMD Athlon™ Processor 900MHZ 
w/Enhanced 3DNow! Technology 
64MB SDRAM 

• 10GB Ultra DMA Hard Drive 

• 200MHz Front Side Bus, 256K 
Performance Enhancing L2 Cache 

• 1 .44MB 3.5" Floppy Drive 

• Nvidia TNT-2 Vanta 8MB AGP 3D 
Graphics Accelerator 

• 52X Max CD-ROM Drive 

• PCI 3D Wavetable Audio 

• Powered stereo Speakers 

• 56K V.90 PCI Voice/Fax/Data Modem 

• Microsoft Windows 98 2 nd Edition or 
Windows Millennium Edition 

• 104 Keyboard, PS/2Mouse 



$659 

Athlon Processor 950MHz $699 
Athlon Processor 1.0GHz $759 
Athlon Processor 1.1 GHz $859 
Athlon Processor 1 .2GHz $999 

• Upgrade to 128MB RAM, add $59 

• Upgrade to 20GB HD, add $50 



AXISTERRAAXE4 

Great Multimedia Value 



. AMD Athlon™ Processor 1GHZ 
w/Enhanced 3DNow! Technology 
128MB SDRAM 

20GB Ultra ATA/66 Hard Drive, 7200RPM 
12K DUD-ROM Drive 

• 200MHz Front Side Bus, 256K 
Performance Enhancing L2 Cache 

• 1 .44MB 3.5" Floppy Drive 

• Nvidia TNT-2 Vanta 16MB AGP 3D 
Graphics Accelerator 

• PCI 3D Wavetable Audio 

• Powered stereo Speakers 

• 56K V.90 PCI Voice/Fax/Data Modem 

• Microsoft Windows 98 2 nd Edition or 
Windows Millennium Edition 

• 104 Keyboard, PS/2Mouse 



$899 

Athlon Processor 900MHz $799 
Athlon Processor 950MHz $839 
Athlon Processor 1.1 GHz $999 
Athlon Processor 1.2GHz $1139 

• Upgrade to 30GB HD, add $40 

• Upgrade to 16X DVD, add $60 



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Best 3D and Gaming Value | Powerfu l Graphics Workstation 



AMD Athlon™ Processor 1GHZ 

w/ Enhanced 3DNow! Technology 
128MB 133MHz SDRAM 
30GB Ultra ATA Hard Drive, 7200RPM 
16X DVD ROM Drive 

• 200MHz Front Side Bus,256K Performance 
Enhancing L2 Cache 

• 1 ,44MB 3.5" Floppy Drive 

• Nvidia GeForce2 MX 32MB AGP 3D 
Graphics Accelerator 

• Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live! Value 3D 
Wavetable Sound Card 

• Creative Labs CambridgeSoundWorks 
CSW100 Speakers w/Subwoofer 

. 56K V.90 PCI Voice/Fax/Data Modem 

• Microsoft Windows 98 2nd Edition or 
Windows Millennium Edition 

• 104 Keyboard, Microsoft Intellimouse 

$1999 

Athlon Processor 900MHz $999 
Athlon Processor 950MHz $1039 
Athlon Processor 1.1 GHz $1199 
Athlon Processor 1.2GHz $1339 

• Upgrade to 40GB HD, add $60 

• Upgrade to 32MB GeForce2 GTS Graphics, add $100 



• AMD Athlon™ Processor 1. 

w/ Enhanced 3DNow! Technology 
256MB 133MHz SDRAM 

• 30GB Ultra ATA Hard Drive, 7200RPM 
16X DVD-ROM Drive 

. 200MHz Front Side Bus,256K Performance 
Enhancing L2 Cache 

• 1 .44MB 3.5" Floppy Drive 

• Matrox Millennium G450 32MB AGP 3D 
Graphics Accelerator w/DualHead 
Monitor/TV-Out 

• Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live! Value 3D 
Wavetable Sound Card 

• Creative Labs CambridgeSoundWorks 
CSW100 Speakers w/Subwoofer 

• 56K V.90 PCI Voice/Fax/Data Modem 

• Microsoft Windows 98 2nd Edition or 
Windows Millennium Edition 

• 104 Keyboard, Microsoft Intellimouse 

$1299 

Athlon Processor 900MHz $1099 
Athlon Processor 950MHz $11 39 
Athlon Processor 1.0GHz $1199 
Athlon Processor 1.2GHz $1439 

• Upgrade to 40GB HD, add $60 



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. AMD Athlon™ Processor 1.1 GHZ 

w/ Enhanced 3DNow! Technology 

256MB 133MHz SDRAM 

30GB Ultra ATA Hard Drive, 7200RPM 

• 16X DVD-ROM Drive 

• 200MHz Front Side Bus,256K Performance 
Enhancing L2 Cache 

• 1 .44MB 3.5" Floppy Drive 

• Nvidia GeForce2 MX 32MB AGP 3D 
Graphics Accelerator 

• Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live! Value 3D 
Wavetable Sound Card 

• Creative Labs CambridgeSoundWorks 
FPS1000 4-Piece Speakers w/Subwoofer 

• 56K V.90 PCI Voice/Fax/Data Modem 

• Microsoft Windows 98 2nd Edition or 
Windows Millennium Edition 

• 104 Keyboard, Microsoft Intellimouse 

$1299 

Athlon Processor 900MHz $1099 
Athlon Processor 950MHz $11 39 
Athlon Processor 1.0GHz $1199 
Athlon Processor 1.2GHz $1439 

• Upgrade to 40GB HD, add $60 

• Upgrade to 32MB GeForce 2 GTS Graphics, add $100 



AXISORIONCXL2 

Perfect Business Desktop 



Inter Pentium"- IIIEB Processor 800MHZ 
MWA SDRAM 

• 20GB Ultra DMA Hard Drive 

• 256K Advanced Transfer L2 Cache 

• 1 .44MB 3.5" Floppy Drive 

• Nvidia TNT-2 Vanta 8MB AGP 3D 
Graphics Accelerator 

• 52X Max CD-ROM Drive 

• PCI 3D Wavetable Audio 

• Powered stereo Speakers 

• 56K V.90 PCI Voice/Fax/Data Modem 

• Microsoft Windows 98 2 nd Edition or 
Windows Millennium Edition 

• 104 Keyboard, PS/2Mouse 



$759 

Pentium III Processor 866MHz $799 
Pentium III Processor 933MHz $899 
Pentium III Processor 1.0GHz $1059 

• Upgrade to 30GB HD, add $40 

• Upgrade to 12XDW, add $90 



• AMD Athlon™ Processor 1.1GHZ 

w/ Enhanced 3DNow! Technology 
256MB 133MHz SDRAM 
■ 40GB Ultra ATA Hard Drive, 7200RPM 
16X DVD ROM Drive 

• 200MHz Front Side Bus,256K Performance 
Enhancing L2 Cache 

• 1 .44MB 3.5" Floppy Drive 

• Nvidia GeForce2 GTS 32MB DDR AGP 3D 
Graphics Accelerator 

• Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live! Value 3D 
Wavetable Sound Card 

• Creative Labs CambridgeSoundWorks 
FPS1000 4- Piece Speakers w/Subwoofer 

• 56K V.90 PCI Voice/Fax/Data Modem 

• Microsoft Windows 98 2nd Edition or 
Windows Millennium Edition 

• 104 Keyboard, Microsoft Intellimouse 

$1399 

Athlon Processor 900MHz $U 99 
Athlon Processor 950MHz $1239 
Athlon Processor 1.0GHz $1299 
Athlon Processor 1.2GHz $1539 

• Upgrade to 64MB GeForce2 GTS Graphics, add $120 

• Upgrade to 64MB ATI Radeom Graphics, add $40 



AXISORIONCXL5 

Great Multimedia Value 



Intel® Pentium® IIIEB Processor 933MHZ 
128MB SDRAM 

30GB Ultra ATA/66 Hard Drive, 7200RPM 

256K Advanced Transfer L2 Cache 

1 .44MB 3.5" Floppy Drive 

Nvidia TNT-2 Vanta 16MB AGP 3D 

Graphics Accelerator 

52X Max CD-ROM Drive 

PCI 3D Wavetable Audio 

Powered stereo Speakers 

56K V.90 PCI Voice/Fax/Data Modem 

Microsoft Windows 98 2 nd Edition or 

Windows Millennium Edition 

104 Keyboard, PS/2Mouse 



$959 



Pentium III Processor 800MHz $819 
Pentium III Processor 866MHz $859 
Pentium III Processor 1.0GHz $11 19 

• Upgrade to 40GB HD, add $60 

• Upgrade to 12X DVD, add $90 



• AMD Athlon™ Processor 1. 

w/ Enhanced 3DNow! Technology 
256MB 133MHz SDRAM 
30GB Ultra ATA Hard Drive, 7200RPM 
16X DVD-ROM Drive 
. 200MHz Front Side Bus,256K Performance 
Enhancing L2 Cache 

• 1 .44MB 3.5" Floppy Drive 

. ATI All-in-Wonder 128 32MB AGP 3D 
Graphics Accelerator w/TV-Out and 
TV-Tuner/Video Capture 

• Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live! Value 3D 
Wavetable Sound Card 

• Creative Labs CambridgeSoundWorks 
FPS1000 4- Piece Speakers w/Subwoofer 

• 56K V.90 PCI Voice/Fax/Data Modem 

• Microsoft Windows 98 2nd Edition or 
Windows Millennium Edition 

• 104 Keyboard, Microsoft Intellimouse 

$1359 

Athlon Processor 900MHz $11 59 
Athlon Processor 950MHz $1199 
Athlon Processor 1.0GHz $1259 
Athlon Processor 1.2GHz $1499 

• Upgrade to 40GB HD, add $60 



AXISORIONCXS 

High-Performance Workhorse 



. Intel" Pentium" IIIEB Processor 1GHZ 
256MB 133MHz SDRAM 
40GB Ultra ATA Hard Drive, 7200RPM 
16X DVD ROM Drive 

• 256K Advanced Transfer L2 Cache 

• 1 ,44MB 3.5" Floppy Drive 

• Nvidia TNT-2 M64 32MB AGP 3D Graphics 
Accelerator 

• Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live! Value 3D 
Wavetable Sound Card 

• Creative Labs CambridgeSoundWorks 
CSW100 Speakers w/Subwoofer 

• 56K V.90 PCI Voice/Fax/Data Modem 

• Microsoft Windows 98 2nd Edition or 
Windows Millennium Edition 

• 104 Keyboard, Microsoft Intellimouse 

$1359 

Pentium III Processor 800MHz $1059 
Pentium III Processor 866MHz $1099 
Pentium III Processor 933MHz $11 99 

• Upgrade to 32MB GeForce2 MX Graphics, add $40 




Monitor Options 



Add a 1 5" (13.8vis). 28 Monitor, $129 
Add a 17" (16.0vis) .27 Monitor, $169 
Add a 17" (16.0vis) .26 Monitor, 52/9 

Add a 19" (18.0vis) .26 Monitor, $279 
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Slim, stylish, and colorful, the $499.99 Casio 
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squarely at fun-loving mobile-device users, Casio 
bills this Pocket PC-based unit as a multimedia 
pro. That's because the EM-500 can tackle digital 
video and audio without skipping a beat, thanks 
to its 240x320 TFT display and 16MB of RAM. You 
can view offline Web pages by synching with 
your PC, or opt for real-time access by purchas- 
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Casio 

Dover, NJ; 800-836-8580 

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Toy giant Lego takes its popular line of 
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new S99 Dark Side Developer Kit, which enables 
young designers to construct sophisticated 
motorized droids from the Star Wars universe. At 
the heart of each droid is the Micro Scout, a Lego 
microcomputer that doubles as a built-in motor 
and light sensor capable of triggering seven dif- 
ferent behaviors. With the more than 500 Lego 
pieces, kids can build specific models using the 
included blueprints, or design their own droids. 

Lego Dark Side Developer Kit C~ 

Lego Mindstorms 

Novate CA; 800-453-4652 

www. legomindstorms. com 



Get your point across to the masses without 
hauling massive amounts of equipment. The 
S299 AVerEPack from AVerMedia lets you give 
PowerPoint presentations without a laptop com- 
puter. This cute little guy weighs just a half a 
pound and connects directly to a projector, moni- 
tor, or television, eliminating the need for a heavy 
notebook. Just store your slides and images on a 
CompactFlash card, plug it into the AVerEPack, 
and navigate through presentations using the 
included remote control. Also bundled in the 
package are VGA and S-Video cables for quick 
hookup. 

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AVerMedia Technologies 
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Thanks to Iomega Corp.'s $299.95 
FotoShow Digital image Center, you'll no 
longer need to huddle around the PC to 
view digital snapshots. Featuring a built- 
in 250MB Zip drive and slots that read 
CompactFlash and SmartMedia cards, the 
FotoShow allows you to transfer your 
files from your camera's digital media 
quickly onto Zip disk. The device then 
reads the images from the Zip drive and 
displays them on your television. 
FotoShow also comes with PicturelQ soft- 
ware that enables you to view and edit 
your photos via remote control. 

Iomega FotoShow Digital Image Center 

Iomega Corp. 34106 

Roy, UT; 888-446-6342 
www. iomega. com 




The ordinary digicam may have just met 
its match in the Ricoh RDC-i?00. Part 
hi-res digital camera, part personal 
Internet device, the $1,500 RDC-i?00 is a 
3.34-megapixel sharpshooter that also 
can connect to the Net. Its features 
include a 3x optical zoom that delivers 
supersharp resolutions of up to 
2,048x1,536 pixels. Using the integrated 
3.5-inch touch-screen LCD, you can 
arrange and edit your images, then anno- 
tate them with the bundled stylus or 
onscreen keyboard. The RDC-i?00's Type 
II PC Card slot enables you to slip in a 
modem or network card to gain Internet 
access. You can then e-mail photos 
directly from the camera. 

Ricoh RDC-i700 341 10 

Ricoh PC Peripherals Business Unit 
W. Caldwell, NJ; 888-742-6410 
www. ricohzone. com 



Get ready to experience the wonder of 
Bluetooth firsthand with Motorola's slick 
Timeport 270 mobile phone, avaiJabJe for 
around $300. The company's first 
Bluetooth-enabled phone, when com- 
bined with a Bluetooth Smart Module 
accessory and a Bluetooth PC Card con- 
nected to your PC or notebook, lets you 
hook up wirelessly and automatically 
synchronize info. If that's not enough, the 
CDMA dual-mode phone features a "joy- 
stick" for easy menu navigation and a 
PIM that can warehouse up to 1,000 
phone numbers. 

Motorola Timeport 270 

Motorola 

Schaumburg, IL; 800-331-6456 

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accentuate your good fashion sense? Try 
on Pine Technology's $179.99 D'music 
Palmp-3, a fetching 2.5-inch disc-shaped 
digital music player that comes in four hip 
colors. The Palmp-3 stands out for its 
included neck string, armband, and belt 
clip, allowing you to wear it in a number of 
ways. The device also features an LCD, a 
seven-band equalizer, and an FM tuner, as 
well as an electronic phone directory that 
stores up to 100 contacts. 

Pine D'music Palmp-3 C 

Pine Technology U.S.A. 

City of Industry, CA; 888-874-6372 

www.pineusa.com 




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If the makers of your laptop neglected to 
include a DVD-ROM drive, you can still go 
multimedia by hooking up a $349 Pocket 
DVD8x24 drive from Addonics. This exter- 
nal drive allows you to play DVD and CD- 
ROM discs and connects to your laptop via 
a PC Card interface. The Pocket DVD8x24 
bundles MPEG-2 decoding software and 
draws power either from the notebook or 
the included AC adapter. And it won't slow 
you down: Weighingjust 14 ounces and 
measuring less than an inch thick, the 
slim Pocket drive is ultraportable as well. 

Addonics Pocket DVD8x24 < 

Addonics Technologies 
Fremont, CA; 800-787-8580 
www. addonics. com 



Trying to remember what music you liked on 
the radio yesterday can be a tall order, but 
the $19.99 Sony eMarker from eMarker.com, 
a subsidiary of Sony Electronics, aims to 
make forgotten tunes a thing of the past. 
Here's how it works: When you hear a song 
you want to know more about, simply push 
the button on tfre 3-ounce eMarker. Later, 
connect the device to your PC by plunking it 
into its small USB cradle, then link to the Net. 
The eMarker, which automatically tags 
playlist information by "time-stamping" the 
radio station, can hold up to 10 time stamps. 
Forget any more songs, and you'll have to 
start using your head. 

Sony eMarker 

eMarker.com 

A subsidiary of Sony Electronics 

San Francisco, CA 

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Squeeze every last bit of your persuasive pow- 
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$4,?99 Proxima UltraLight X350 from InFocus 
Corp. This 1,100-ANSI-lumens projector tips the 
scales at a shoulder-friendly 3 pounds but still 
delivers true XGA resolution. Better yet, it han- 
dles tasks such as automatic room-light sens- 
ing and adaptive cooling to ensure optimal 
image quality and functionality. The projector 
is upgradable with several optional snap-on 
multimedia modules, including one that adds 
support for RCA and S-Video connections. A 
built-in speaker provides audio. 

InFocus Proxima UltraLight X350 

InFocus Corp. 

San Diego, CA; 888-776-9462 

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If a Palm device has never felt quite right in 
your hand, consider the $399 Diamond Mako 
from Sonicblue (formerly S3). This sleek 
clamshell device runs the EPOC-32 operating 
system made popular by European PDA king 
Psion. The Mako runs on a 32-bit, 36MHz ARM 
processor and includes 64MB of RAM, similar 
to the Psion 5 PDA. Also like the Psion 5, the 
Diamond Mako features a full keyboard and a 
480xl60-pixel gray-scale display, and runs 
Microsoft- and Lotus-compatible word proces- 
sor and spreadsheet applications. Purchase 
the optional $129 56Kbps infrared modem, 
and you can send and receive e-mail or surf 
the Web. 

Sonicblue Diamond Mako 

Sonicblue 

Santa Clara. CA: 800-468-5846 

www. diamondmako. com 

got rhythm? 

Combine the simplicity of your home sound 
system and the scope of the Internet with the 
$100 iRhythm from Acer NeWeb Corp. Acer 
has collaborated with the Sonicbox iM Tuning 
Service, which provides access to thousands 
of Internet radio stations and allows you to 
receive personalized content. Using 900MH: 
wireless technology usually relegated to cord- 
/ess phones, the iRhythm broadcasts music 
from a base station connected from your PC 
to a stereo-system receiver. With the supplied 
remote control, custom digital audio is as 
easy as flipping on the stereo. 

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Systemax PJM-T733 Excite PC 

(November) Outfitted with a 733MHz 
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Dell Inspiron 8000 

(December) This high-end notebook is stuffed 
with features, including an 850MHz Pentium III 
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drive, a DVD-ROM drive, and a 16MB graphics 
adapter, yet it weighs a reasonable 7.9 pounds. 
The $3,496 Inspiron 8000 also brought home 
the fastest performance we've seen to date in a 
notebook. 

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includes 1 28MB of SDRAM for zippy perfor- 
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Sceptre Soundx 7300 

(November) It may weigh only 4. 1 pounds, but 
the sporty $2,298 Sceptre Soundx 7300 boasts 
heavyweight performance with a 600MHz 




Pentium III, 128MB of RAM, and a sharp 

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Sceptre Technologies • www.sceptre.com 

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HARDWARE 



Evergreen Performa600 

(December) Is your old desktop barely crawl- 
ing along? Before you buy a new PC, check out 
the Performa600. Evergreen's processor 
upgrade lets you pop a 600MHz Celeron CPU 
into your motherboard for only $250. The 
Performa600 might take some tweaking, but 



Evergreen's support is excellent, and the 
benchmark scores on our test machine shot up 
97 percent. 

Evergreen Technologies 
www.evertech.com • 541-757-0934 



Mag Technology 770FD 

(November) The Mag Technology 770FD 
1 7-inch monitor uses a flat-face Sony Trinitron 
FD picture tube, delivers a high-quality image, 
and sells for only $269. Factor in a three-year 
warranty, and the 770FD looks to us like an 
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(November) Plextor's $280 PlexWriter 

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and converting multiple files to new formats. ACDSee 
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For $74.95, the Microsoft Encarta Reference Suite 
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Microsoft Corp. • www.microsoft.com 

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Microsoft Publisher 2000 

Desktop publishing done right 

A sleek interface, talented wizards, tasteful clip art, 
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Adobe Photoshop 6.0 

(December) It's amazing that after all this 
time, Photoshop continues to gain in sophisti- 
cation and functionality. But that's clearly the 
case with version 6.0, which adds an over- 
hauled text engine, a variety of new Web toots 
and filters, and support for vector shapes to its 
already formidable feature set. 
Adobe Systems • www.adobe.com 
800-492-3623 



Norton System Works 2001 

(November) With its streamlined interface, 
improved integration, and new features such as 
One Button Checkup, this new version of 
SystemWorks is the best insurance policy you 
can buy for less than $60. 
Symantec Corp. • www.symantec.com 
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GAMES 



Return of the Incredible Machine: 
Contraptions 

(December) If you've ever dreamed of build- 
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rocket ship, this is the game for you. With 
more than 250 Rube Goldberg-style gizmos 
constructed from more than 1 00 different (and 
sometimes bizarre) parts, Contraptions is a 
brilliant brainteaser for the mechanically 

inclined. 

Sierra Attractions' www.nowthisisfun.com 

800-757-7707 



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of hair-trigger action. 
Activision • www.octivision.com 
310-255-2000 



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FilePool 

(November) Say goodbye to sending attach- 
ments. This free service lets you store docu- 
ments, photos, or any other file type on its 
server, which can be easily accessed by unique 
32-character e-Clips embedded in your 
e-mails, instant messages, Web pages, or 
documents. 

FilePool • www.filepool.com 
650-616-7500 



Star Trek: Voyager Elite Force 

(December) What do you get when you 
combine the Star Trek universe with the 
Quake III graphics engine? Answer: An 
amazing adventure that boasts breathtaking 
3D environments, a believable story, 



Octopus.com 

(November) This innovative service lets you 
tailor the Web to suit your needs by allowing 
you to create your own multipage personal 
portals called "views." Octopus makes it sim- 
ple to build your views from content culled 
from other sites or from its own varied selec- 
tion of links for shopping, conducting searches, 
receiving news, and other common tasks. It's a 
great way to tame the wild Web, and it's free. 
Octopus.com • www.octopus.com 
650-213-5700 



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The LAN was working (l swear!) but then... not Hello, tech support. 

IF YOU READ MY COLUMN LAST MONTH, YOU MAY RECALL THAT 
my upgraded PCs and HomePNA network were humming (though I was 
grumbling about the time I spent on the project). 
There was a small problem, though. If the upstairs PC (the modem server) 
lost contact with my ISP, a window popped up, asking, "Reconnect?" My wife 
would then have to walk upstairs to click "OK." Strangely, sometimes even that 
didn t work. While troubleshooting the glitch, I figured I'd move the modem 

downstairs, so Anne could reconnect with- the frustration of having no Web access 

out leaving her PC u-i j. ■ s access 

ra „ * . * whlle spending hours on hold, only to hear 

TK ?am ' " SCemed reasonable - ! an ^and suggestion like, "Well, you might 

The LAN instructs were written in baby try..." followed by, "and call again « X 

doesn't work." 

Anyway, after much installing and unin- 
stalling, phone calling, Web searching, and 
experimenting, I got the network running 
again. I won't embarrass the HomePNA- 
card vendor by repeating its name, but sev- 
eral of its support people recommended a 
freeware product called AnalogX proxy 
server (www.analogx.com) over its own 



talk, and installation was smooth as silk. The 
network had come up immediately, and Web 
access was possible from either computer. As 
I filed last month's column, I viewed the net- 
work as the simplest part of my upgrade. 

But after switching the modem to the 
downstairs PC, the LAN could no longer 
"see" it. Putting it back on the upstairs system 
did no good, nor did pulling out the LAN 
cards on all the PCs, removing the LAN soft- 
ware, and starting over. The LAN couldn't see 
the modem. Period. 

What followed was a crash course in net- 
working that involved rereading instruction 
manuals, talking to tech-support types, 
and mediating the LAN /modem bicker- 
ing. I discovered the beauty of freeware 

and the value of advice from experts 

including some online. Also, I found, ven- 
dor tech support may be unavailable. For 
example, if your PC vendor goes out of 
business, you'll pay for Windows sup- 
port, assuming you're running the 
OEM version that came installed on 
your system. You'll pay for hardware 
support, too, unless you signed up with 
a third-party provider. 

INTO THE BREACH 

Facing my own LAN problem, I was eager, 
confident, and persistent. The latter quality 
got me through the process. I can't describe 



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bundled software for handling the dial-up 
connection. 

Though everything's working, I still must 
reconnect manually when the connection 
gets dropped— basically where I started out. 
Our "Computer Cures" columnist, Alfred 
Poor, suggested a utility that automatically 
responds "OK" whenever that window pops 
up. I've downloaded Macro Magic 4.1 from 
ZDNet Downloads to see whether it's up to 
the challenge. I'll let you know. 

During the tech-support phase of the 
saga, I mentioned to one of the network 
techs that I planned to switch to cable or 
DSL. In that case, he said, install a router 
between the broadband modem and the 
PCs, stringing CAT 5 cable to each. Avoiding 
that, of course, had been one reason to go 
with a phone-line-based network! But fur- 
ther research confirmed the advice, so that's 
the long-term plan. 

But wait! As I was writing this column, I 
got a call from Tiny Software, maker of 
WinRoute Pro, a software router and fire- 
wall. According to the representative, the 
product can run my network, replace the 
proxy-server software, improve security and 
stability, and enable faster access via the dial- 
up modem. (I'll still need the utility to auto- 
reconnect until I replace the modem.) So 
I'm going to give WinRoute Pro a try. 

A few minutes later (I'm not making this 
up), my wife called with her own sugges- 
tion: Call in a network specialist and get out 
from under the whole process. "What!" I 
said. "Pay for onsite service? No way!" 
Besides, troubleshooting is kind of fun. I'm 
not the only one who's stumbled on home 
networking. I know the IT guru at a major 
financial company, whose wife reports 
trouble reaching the Web 
through their home LAN. 

The lesson is that home 
networking and dial-up 
modems are a tough match. 
Tech support can be hard to 
come by — or it might not 
quite address problems 
caused by several products 
interacting. Consider 
online advice an option; 
Jim O'Brien's column, on 
p. 72, makes some great sug- 
I gestions. Freeware may help, 

too — and you'll find a vast array 
in the ZDNet Downloads area. 
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upgrade will be hassle-free. Have 
a backup plan, and build time for 
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JUST A FEW YEARS AGO, WE HEARD A LOT ABOUT TELECOM- 
muting — what many now call "telework." It was the answer to numerous 
social and workaday problems, including traffic snarls, the need for flex- 
time for working moms, and expensive office space. In Silicon Valley, these three 
problems have worsened. Traffic is terrible, office space is expensive and hard to 
come by, and more women than ever are juggling work and family responsibil- 
ities. Furthermore, an overall labor shortage has resulted in a call for 



special H-lB visas to import more talent. 

Despite these and other trends, the tele- 
work initiative hasn't taken hold. What's 
going on? 

This situation was recently outlined in a 
Wall Street Journal report offering example 
after example of people specifically look- 
ing for telework and finding nothing, even 
at companies literally begging for employ- 
ees. Those who did find telework ended up 
being isolated from the rest of the compa- 
ny, excluded from meetings, and viewed as 
expendable — all despite the enormous 
amount of lip service corporations large 
and small have paid to the topic and their 
claims that today's modern company is 
more concerned with task-oriented work. 
Instead, they prefer the old hierarchical 
command-and-control military-style cor- 
porate structure. 

Ironically, it's the newer, younger exec- 
utives who are killing the telework move- 
ment. This trend will continue until they 
realize the old model won't work in the 
new century. It's too inefficient and old- 
fashioned. 

These newcomers will insist on the old 
model as long as they continue to be 
trained this way and immediately com- 
mence entrepreneurial activity. The topic 
arose during a recent Silicon Spin (TechTV) 
show I hosted. Two young entrepreneurs 
flat out said they'll hire no telecommuters. 
Their rationale was simple — and shallow: 
People need to be in the office so they can 



be part of a team. It sounds like some sort 
of sports thing — you need to be "in the 
huddle" when the "team" needs to huddle 
up. The Internet Age is moving so fast that 
the need for teamwork on the spur of the 
moment is critical, they say. With cell 
phones, virtual private networking, e-mail, 
pagers, and desktop teleconferencing, 
you'd think virtual gatherings would be 




easy. No way! You need eyeball-to-eyeball 
contact. This comes from a Stanford 
M.B.A., by the way. 

As I listened intently to an entire panel 
that was dead-set against telework for 
essentially the same reasons, I kept imagin- 
ing more traffic snarls. I also saw a lot of 
meaningless meetings, which many com- 
panies in Silicon Valley are choking on. In 
fact, as I watch many of these dot-coms go 



out of business one after another, I see a 
direct connection between these archaic 
attitudes toward work and eventual corpo- 
rate failure. There appears to be a strong 
immaturity among these folks that goes 
beyond their chronological age. Many of 
these companies were set up by young 
entrepreneurs who were given far too 
much money and seem to be "playing 
boss" and enjoying it. Teleworkers who are 
harder to boss around and control lessen 
this power trip. 

The immature base of the dot-com gen- 
eration is reflected in a lot of what we saw 
during the now-faded Internet boom. The 
best examples are the notorious parties 
many of the dot-coms threw: "Look at all 
the money we have! Let's have a party!" 

Unfortunately, many of these people 
haven't worked in corporate America long 
enough to understand the problems and 
inefficiencies with military-hierarchical 
business practices. For a generation of 
future leaders still playing cowboys and 
Indians, this structure is easy and seems 
like fun. The employees, also a group of 
naive workers, accept this situation with- 
out complaint and seem content to spend 
hours stuck in traffic. It does nothing to 
modernize the country or address the pri- 
mary problems telework corrects. Don't 
these young bosses have any concern for 
the incredible amount of resources cen- 
tralized work wastes? 

NEWS STORIES NO HELP 

To make matters worse, recent news sto- 
ries blamed telework for the Microsoft 
hacker attack last October. Here's 
MSNBC's lead paragraph in the story 
about the break-in: "It is the worst night- 
mare of every network administrator: A 
single employee, working from home, 
inadvertently opens a gaping hole in the 
corporate computer system — big enough 
for a hacker to get deep inside and view 
valuable trade secrets." Interesting angle. 

What are the long-term prospects for 
telework? Not good, from what I can tell, 
unless the government mandates a certain 
amount of telework and requires company 
documentation. This sort of legal overhead 
does nobody any good, and wouldn't apply 
to small, new companies anyway. The fed- 
eral government will do this for its own 
agencies and has already begun various pos- 
itive programs. But it's pathetic that govern- 
ment bureaucracies would be more for- 
ward-thinking than young entrepreneurial 
companies. dvorak@dvorak.org 



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In the post e-commerce world, advice may be what visitors will pay for. 

ATA, DATA EVERYWHERE, AND NOT A BYTE TO EAT WE'VE 
all felt this way after searching the Web in vain for information. For 
instance, I recently spent hours online pricing CAT 5 cable and wall 
jacks, and reading about new hub /router combinations without learning whether 
the setup I was pondering was practical or easy to configure for my house. 

I know people have the answer; I just don't know them personally. So how 
do you bring them together with folks like me and encourage them to respond? 




For an emerging segment of information sites 
such as EXP.com (www.exp.com), Info- 
Markets.com (www.infomarkets.com), and 
Keen.com (www.keen.com), the answer is sim- 
ple: Pay them. (CNET Networks, Computer 
Shopper's parent company, is an investor in 
Keen.com.) 

InfoMarkets posts written responses to vis- 
itors' questions; Keen connects people via 
telephone through a call-back system initiated 
with a click; and EXP provides both. Phone- 
based services charge by the minute at a rate 
the answer provider sets. 

The idea of paying for information online 
may take some getting used to, but spending 
money for offline information is nothing 
new We already spend hundreds of billions 
of dollars on professional advice from doc- 
tors, lawyers, accountants, and consultants. 
By 2005, $6 billion of that will move 
online, according to market-research firm 
Datamonitor. Some even argue it makes 
more sense to buy information online than it 
does product because the entire package can 
be delivered via the Internet. 

At InfoMarkets and EXP, if you don't like 
the answer, you don't have to pay for it. But 
would-be moochers beware: Refusing to pay 
too often shows up in your member profile, 
and answer providers will avoid you. 

The first minute of a live phone call is free 
on EXP and Keen, and you can cap your 
spending by charging a fixed amount to your 
Keen account. At press time, both services 
offered new users a $5 credit. 

All services use background checks to 
determine whether answer providers meet 
their credentials; InfoMarkets even adminis- 



ters tests in some cases. Most let you rate the 
answer provider's performance. 

Keen checks credentials, but it doesn't sub- 
scribe to the notion of "experts," as do the 
other services. "How many true experts do 
you meet in your life?" asks Karl Jacob, Keen's 
CEO. "Two or three, maybe? Consumers just 
want answers from people who have more 
experience than they do." 

In addition to common business topics, 
Keen offers less credible fare, such as astrology. 




Jacobs admits some use the service for phone 
sex, but claims it accounts for "less than 5 per- 
cent" of revenue, and notes the site also has 
more than 200 registered doctors and nurses. 

ONE WAY TO FIND OUT 

To see how these services stack up, I asked a 
question. On InfoMarkets, I offered $5 for an 
answer to my cable-modem question. 
Although the $15 offer I received a day later 
seemed steep, I complied because the 
provider said he had all sorts of experience 
installing networks. 



My reply arrived promptly, with good sug- 
gestions on product sources — Home Depot 
for CAT 5 cable (I hadn't thought of that), and 
www.cables.com for a wall jack with an analog 
RJ-11 jack, an RJ-45 jack, and a cable connec- 
tor. He suggested I call rather than decipher 
the sparse product descriptions. 

Although he eased my mind regarding 
configuration issues, he seemed unsure of 
who made hub /router combinations — infor- 
mation readily available in the networking sec- 
tion of just about any online PC store. He 
knew a great site for wiring your home but 
wouldn't provide the URL unless I "needed 
more help." Figuring that meant more dollars, 
I paid the $1 5 and rated him a three out of five. 

My first attempt with Keen netted me a 
provider with excellent credentials, but he 
wasn't available when I clicked to initiate the 
call. After setting a notification alert for Keen 
to contact me when he logged in, then wait- 
ing a day with no word, I tried somebody else. 

The second individual answered on the 
first try and provided much more specific 
information related to the hub /router config- 
uration than the InfoMarkets provider. He 
first suggested RadioShack for some of my 
wiring needs, but then thought of a couple of 
other sources. He said he'd research them for 
free and e-mail me. He also promised to 
e-mail me a follow-up to see how I was doing, 
and offered to assist with any questions via 
e-mail. Not bad for $8. He rated a four. 

Five days later, I checked back on free site 
Askme.com to find zero responses. 

AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME 

Back in 1984, economist Phil Salin created 
the pay-for-answers service American 
Information Exchange. But Salin tried in 
vain for years to create a cost-effective net- 
work on which to run the business. 

Today the ad and e-commerce market is 
foundering, and information sites are gaining 
traction. InfoMarkets provides private-label 
versions of its service to partners such as 
NBCi. Keen has a co-brand deal with eBay, 
and EXP provides its service to the Ask Jeeves 
search engine. According to Michael Stern, 
InfoMarket.com's CEO, paying for informa- 
tion on the Web will become as natural as 
sending e-mail or conducting a search. 

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APPLES 1993 LAUNCH OF THE NEWTON, THE FIRST PEN-BASED 
PDA, was a milestone in the evolution of computing. The idea of a 
handheld device that could serve as a constant companion to store 
personal information was compelling, even if the Newton was well beyond 
pocke table size. Seven years later, has the time finally come for PDAs to move 
into the consumer mainstream? Not yet, I'm afraid. 

Innovative as it was, Newton failed, as did the Casio /Tandy Zoomer, EO's 



Communicator, General Magic's Magic Link, 
and a few others. Finally, in 1996, the 
PalmPilot debuted and quickly began to gath- 
er momentum. Today, about 10 million Palm 
organizers have shipped, making it by far the 
most successful handheld computer ever. 

Microsoft's first Windows CE devices 
debuted about a year after the PalmPilot. 
Already Microsoft's third attempt at creating a 
handheld computer (but the first to make it to 
the public), Windows CE has since gone 
through another three major revisions, culmi- 
nating in today's Pocket PC systems. 
Compaq's iPaq, the leading Pocket PC device, 
is starting to look like the first Windows CE 
handheld that will really take off. 

The battle between these two platforms 
has many interesting facets. Palm gained its 
initial success from its elegant, minimalist 
design, which enabled it to deliver an effec- 
tive device years ahead of Microsoft. Now 
that technology has advanced, however, the 
Palm platform is starting to seem anemic. Its 
processor is far slower than those of the 
Pocket PCs, limiting the range of applica- 
tions it can run. And the Palm's screen reso- 
lution is much cruder— 160x160 vs. 320x240 
for Pocket PC devices. Affordable technolo- 
gy is catching up to the demands of the 
more capable Windows CE platform, and 
Palm will have to make major changes in its 
platform to keep up. 

CAN HANDHELDS HOLD ON? 

The larger question, however, is whether 
either of these platforms has really made it 



as a mainstream consumer device, and the 
answer is no. 

The success of both Palm and Windows 
CE devices has been driven not by consumer 
but business purchases. Even when individu- 
als buy them, it's typically for business use. 
PDA advocates once confidently predicted 
devices in this new category would, before 
long, ship in greater volumes than desktop 
computers, but this goal remains far away. 




PCs outship Palm and Pocket PC devices 
combined by something like 20-to-l. 

Are handheld computers simply not as 
compelling as once thought, and therefore 
doomed to a relatively minor role in the 
computing landscape? In their current form, 
I think they are. I've had half a dozen of 
them, and outside of my business life I just 
don't find them worth bothering with. Yet I 



still believe the time will come for PDAs to 
reach the mainstream. 

What will it take for PDA sales to reach 
100 million per year? Inevitable advances 
such as cheaper, thinner, lighter devices with 
brighter displays, longer battery life, and 
more memory will help, but by themselves, 
they're not enough. What consumers need 
are applications with broader appeal than 
basic personal-information management. 
When I'm traveling on business, having all 
my contacts and my calendar in my pocket 
is compelling, but in my real life, it's not 
enough to get me to carry around the 

device. 

Making the device smaller and lengthening 
battery life will increase the incentive to carry 
it around, but the key is finding more com- 
pelling applications for non-business (and non- 
nerd) uses. As consumer media becomes 
increasingly digital, the PDA will take on 
media-player capabilities. Already, a Pocket PC 
can be used as an MP3 player and a digital 
photo album; it needs much better software 
to make it compelling for these tasks, but that 
will come. Low-grade video is possible today, 
and the inevitable increases in processor 
performance will enable high-quality video in 

a few years. 

Wireless communication, combined 
with major improvements in Internet ser- 
vices designed for small devices, could tip 
the balance and drive PDAs toward ubiquity. 
Today, wireless PDAs are just too expensive 
and work too poorly to be 
compelling. It may take 
another five years or even 
a decade for this situa- 
tion to change dramat- 
ically, but in time, 
affordable, pervasive, 
high-speed wireless 
data networks will 
arrive. PDAs will also 
become cell phones, 
and vice versa. 

In this era of rapid 
technology advances, it's 
hard to gain perspective on 
how long it takes new prod- 
ucts to mature. The PDA is 
an exceptionally demanding product 
because it requires a lot of capability to be 
compressed into a small, inexpensive device. 
PDAs will continue to build on their suc- 
cesses in the business market, and sometime 
in the second half of this decade they may 
finally be ready to move seriously into the 

consumer space. 

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nkjet or laser? 600 dpi or 
1 ,200 dpi? Considering the 
large number of printers 
available, it's essential to 
understand your needs 
before putting down 
money on one of your PC's 
most important peripherals. 
Consult this guide to figure 
out what type of user you are — and 
focus your search on printers suited 
to that group. 

pamiiY 

Text and moderate-quality photo 
printing are key concerns for fami- 
lies, and a 300- or 600-dpi inkjet of 
average speed should be sufficient. 
Inkjets provide an inexpensive 
way to print greeting cards, 
calendars, and invitations 
in full color. However, if 
you're more interested in 
print speed and text qual- 
ity, consider an inexpen- 
sive monochrome laser 
or LED printer instead. 
Expect to spend $ 1 00 to 
$300 for an inkjet, $250 
to $500 for a laser. 

smau oFFice or 
Home oppice user 

A small- or home-office 
printer can perform 
many tasks, depending on 
the needs of your busi- 
ness. You'll want crisp, 
clean text for correspon- 
dence and high-quality 
graphics for reports and 
charts. If those are your 
only concerns, then a 
laser or LED printer with 
600-dpi resolution will 
suit you. But if you want 
color on your business 



documents, choose a high-quality 
inkjet instead. For fax or copier 
capability, consider a multifunction 
device, a printer with some or all 
of the functionality of a fax 
machine, copy machine, and scan- 
ner. Multifunction devices also 
come in inkjet and laser varieties, 
so you'll need to determine 
whether you need color printing, 
scanning, or copying capability as 
well. Low-cost lasers, high-quality 
inkjets, and multifunction printers 
range from $300 to $700. 

moBiie user 

If, on your next business trip, you 
don't want to count on your hotel 
having a computer center for 



guests, check out a portable print- 
er as a companion to your note- 
book. Portable printers are usually 
300-dpi inkjets weighing only a 
few pounds that can be folded for 
easy packing. Printers with infrared 
capability allow you to print direct- 
ly from your laptop without a 
cable, avoiding extra cords on 
your trip. Portable printers cost 
between $ 1 50 and $400. 

necworK user 

Most larger businesses, or organi- 
zations tied together with a local 
network, want crisp, clean text 
and graphics printed at high speed. 
Monochrome laser printers are the 
most popular choice here, typically 
offering 600-dpi or higher resolu- 
tion and speeds of 1 pages per 
minute or above. The printer 
should include an Ethernet port or 
other network interface, and have 
two paper trays holding at least 
250 sheets each. Printers in this 




class range from $500 to $1 ,500 — 
more if you need color-laser 
capability. 

eunueii uuYer 

If you're willing to wait as long as 
it takes to get something printed 
and can tolerate less-crisp text and 
graphics, look for an inexpensive 
inkjet with 300-dpi resolution and 
slow print speeds. You won't find 
little extras such as a separate 
manual paper feed, but you can 
find a cheap printer with a speedy 
USB connection. Budget inkjets 
sell below the $100 mark. 

laser ur inxjeG? 

Compared to inkjet printers, laser 
printers tend to be faster, with 
cheaper consumables and slightly 
better text quality at small font 
sizes. Lasers are more economical 
for volume printing, and their text 
output is better-looking. Inkjet 
printers, on the other hand, come 
in color models at much 
lower prices than lasers 
do, which makes inkjets 
more flexible for a wider 
variety of printing tasks. 

single fuucgiou ur 
muiDiFuncDion? 

If you plan to buy a fax 
machine in addition to a 
printer, consider a multi- 
function printer. It will take 
up less space than two 
separate devices, and a 
PC-connected fax machine 
can be easier to configure 
than a stand-alone 
machine. Similarly, many 
multifunction printers 
allow you to scan docu- 
ments directly into your 
PC. If you don't think you'll 
outgrow a built-in fax 
device, opting for a multi- 
function model with a 
built-in fax or scanner can 
save you considerable desk 
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ithin the 
last year, 
true photo- 
quality 
inkjets have 
stormed 
the market, 
accompa- 
nied by 
superior 

resolution, lower cost, and long-last- 
ing inks. Even some professional- 
quality inkjets are now available at 
consumer prices. Impressive under- 
$200 printers now deliver superb 
photo output. 

The best photo printers use six 
ink colors rather than the usual four, 
improving quality by making it easier 
to mix a color (since more inks are 
available for mixing). Fewer dots per 
color means smaller, less visible dot 
patterns. A good photo inkjet should 
also be able to change tone gradually, 
without visible patterns or jumps in 
color or darkness. 

When shopping, realize that 
inkjets often have different resolu- 
tions for color and monochrome. 
Look for the photo-output resolu- 
tion. Photo inkjets may be able to 
make up for a somewhat lower reso- 
lution with sophisticated dithering 
schemes, but the only sure way to 
rate photo output is to view print 
samples. If you are unab\e to do that, 



consider buying a printer you can 
return without paying a restocking 
fee, in case you're not satisfied. 

pamuY op consumer 

Many families seek moderate-quality 
photo printing, plus 



PHOGO-prinner 
essenGiais 

Check consumable costs, print speed, image 
longevity, and paper-handling options 



View actual print samples, if at all possible. 



For consumer-level photo output, seek a mini- 
mum 600-dpi resolution and four ink colors. 



For professional quality, demand at least 1 ,200 dpi 
and six ink colors. 



some text printing. 
For them, four-color 
printers capable of 
600-dpi resolution 
can produce very 
credible results — 
more than enough 
for printing snap- 
shots and images up 
to 5x7 inches. And 
the cost of printing 
with four-color 
inkjets is less than for 
six-color ones. 
Expect to spend 
$150 to $200 for a 



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four-color photo-quality inkjet. You 
may also find six-color printers in this 
range. Some of the printers in this 
category include the HP DeskJet 
932C (under $200), which features 
600-dpi photo-quality output, auto- 
matic color matching, moderate-cost 
consumables, and the ability to print 
envelopes and card stock. The 
Canon BJC-8200 (around $260) 
offers 1 ,200x1 , 200-dpi resolution and 
the ability to print a 4x6-inch photo 
in about a minute. The Lexmark Z52 
Color Jetprinter (under $200) deliv- 
ers 2,400x1 ,200 dpi and can print 
cards and envelopes. The Epson 
Stylus Photo 870 (under $200) offers 
1 ,440x720 dpi, with long-life inks. 

onaPHics ppopessionoi 

The essentials for pro-quality output 
are resolution, color fidelity, and 
print durability — and many inexpen- 



% 



sive printers qualify. High-quality 
paper is essential to good photo 
output, with coated glossy or semi- 
gloss producing the best resolution. 

Photo pros may opt for dye- 
sublimation printers, though dye 
subs typically max out at 300-dpi 
resolution and cost more than 
inkjets. Best all-around are high-end 
inkjets, which range from under 
$200 to $800. 

The HP PhotoSmart PI 000 
Photo Printer (under $300) delivers 
2,400x 1 ,200-dpi enhanced resolu- 
tion, fast print speeds, 8MB of RAM, 
and the ability to print envelopes, 
labels, card stock, and transparen- 
cies. The 1 ,440x720-dpi Epson 
Stylus Photo 2000P (less than $800) 
offers archival-grade inks. The 
Epson Stylus Photo 1270 ($440), 
similar to the 870, prints sheets up 
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INY MILLENNIUM WAVE 800 



YOU WON'T FIND ANY PARTICULARLY INNOVATIVE OR HIGH-TECH 
components in Tiny Computers- Millennium Wave 800. In fact, it's a conservative 
performer for an 800MHz Pentium III computer. But Tiny has imbued this 
$l,799-d.rect system with a rather distinctive feature: It lets you share your onscreen fun 
with others without forcing everyone to huddle around a computer monitor 

The Millennium Wave accomplishes this feat with a wireless broadcast system the 
company has dubbed TinyWave. You plug the transmitter into the computer's audio 
and video outputs, connect the receiver to your television and speakers (or your home- 
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images from the 
Tiny 300-dpi flatbed 
USB scanner. 

We have a small 
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tem's 14.5x7xl5-inch 
minitower. The case 
is curved and sexy, 
with the front-acces- 
sible drives recessed 
from the face. The 
floppy drive sits back 
about three-quarters 
of an inch. 
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EASE OF USE 7 

EXPANDABILITY 7 

FEATURE SET 9 

PERFORMANCE 6 

SERVICE AND SUPPORT 7 

VALUE 8 



Fast setup; dual -monitor 
support; wireless transmitter 

for home audio and video; included 

printer and scanner 

Subpar application perfor- 
mance; recessed floppy drive 

makes it difficult to remove disks 




SYSTEM: 

Tiny Millennium Wave 800 
company: Tiny Computers 
Tacoma, WA; 877-202-8529 
www.tiny.com 

AS TESTED: 800MHz 

Pentium III; 128MB PC1 33 
SDRAM; Via KT1 33 chipset; 
30GB hard drive; combination 
DVD-ROM and 4x/4x/24x CD-RW 
drive; nVidia GeForce2 MX card 
with 32MB SDRAM; Tiny 19-inch 
monitor; integrated Sound Blaster 
PCI sound card; Altec Lansing 
ACS33 three-piece speaker sys- 
tem; 56Kbps modem; Lexmark 
Z1 1 color inkjet printer; Tiny 
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pening on your computer. Moreover, the 
Twin View feature on the nVidia GeForce2 
MX graphics card not only lets you clone 
your monitor's output via its S-Video 
port, it also lets you split the view. For 
example, you can send the signal from the 
DVD drive to the TV while you actually 
get some work done on your monitor. 
And because the broadcast system oper- 
ates on the 2.4GHz band, the kids (or 
your parents) can watch movies in the 
next room or up to 150 feet away from 
the PC, according to Tiny. 

The only glitch we found in the system 
was a missing S-Video-to-composite-video 
conversion cable, which is required to 
mate the graphics-card output port to the 
input type needed by the transmitter. 
Tiny says the omission was an oversight. 
In any case, the cable is available at most 
electronics shops. 

The heart of the Millennium Wave's 
entertainment capabilities is its Samsung 






Combo Drive, which doubles as a 4x DVD 
player and a 4x/4x/24x CD-RW drive. 
Audio, meanwhile, is handled by the com- 
puter's integrated Sound Blaster PCI elec- 
tronics and three-piece Altec Lansing 
ACS33 speaker system. Tiny's 19-inch 
monitor also produces reasonably good 
graphics and video-output quality. If you 
don't feel like getting up from your desk 
to partake in some home-theater activi- 
ties, you'll find the Millennium Wave 
makes a fine personal theater. 

Although the Millennium Wave's 26.7 
score on Business Winstone 99 is lower 
than the scores we've seen for some 
700MHz systems, its 2D and 3D graphics 
scores are top-notch for a system in its 
class. We were also impressed by its gen- 
erous hardware and software bundles. You 
can jump right into gaming with the 
included gamepad and 10-title entertain- 
ment pack, or take care of some business 
with Microsoft Works 2000 and Word 



inside edge of the case when you 
eject it might not annoy you as 
much as it did us. 

The case also has one front- 
accessible 5.25-inch bay and one 
internal 3.5-inch bay still vacant. Inside, 
you'll find one PCI and one shared slot for 
board expansion, as well as one empty 
DIMM socket. 

Tiny offers toll-free technical support 
around the clock, and covers the system 
with a three-year parts-and-labor warran- 
ty. During the first year, Tiny will pick up 
your computer if it needs repair and 
return it to you when it's fixed. You 
may also opt for three years of onsite 
service for the system ($99) or for the sys- 
tem and all peripherals ($199). Note, how- 
ever, that Tiny does not have a money -back 
guarantee and charges a 15 percent restock- 
ing fee for canceled orders 

The Tiny Millennium Wave 800 is not a 
system that will impress your friends with 
brute computing force. But if you need a 
computer that will run today's business 
applications and give you plenty of enter- 
tainment options, just catch the Wave. 

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LESS THAN SIX YEARS AGO, A 100MHZ PENTIUM PROCESSOR SEEMED 
like the last word in CPU power. But today's power users can get 15 times that pro- 
cessing speed-and a lot more-in a Dell Dimension 8100 PC, a $3 379-direct sys- 
tem powered by Intel Corp.'s latest CPU, the 1 .5GHz Pentium 4 ' 

Manufactured using a 0.18-micron process, the Pentium 4 represents Intel's first real 
change in core architecture since the Pentium Pro. It has almost three times the theoret- 
ical processor bus bandwidth of a Pentium III, as well as 76 new SIMD instructions and 
improvements to 68 integer SIMD instructions (together called Streaming SIMD ' 
Extensions 2 or SSE2). Combined with Intel's 850 chipset and a Phoenix BIOS the 







Pentium 4 will run dual-channel RDRAM 
on a 400MHz bus, for an effective 
800MHz data-transfer rate. 

Though the new architecture is bound 
to have a real impact on future high-end 
applications and games, it offers little or 
no improvement with today's business 
applications, according to our tests. On 
Business Winstone 99, for example, which 
profiles a computer's performance using 
several real-world business-software 
suites, the Dimension 8100 scored an 
unimpressive 28.9 (compared to the 30.1 
score posted by an otherwise identically 
configured 800MHz Pentium III system). 

Applications that depend heavily on 
floating-point calculations, such as games, 
definitely benefit from the higher clock 
speed, though. The Dimension 8100's 3D 
WinMark 2000 processor test and Quake 
III Arena scores were 65 percent higher 
than the 800MHz system's. Intel claims 



we'll see even better performance once 
software designers begin supporting the 
new SSE2 instructions, which provide a 
shortcut around the aging x86/x87 float- 
ing-point-unit architecture, and yield 10 
times the performance of the Pentium III 
in any floating-point operation. 

Even if the Pentium 4 is a little ahead 
of its time, the rest of the system is 
packed with features you can use today, 
including a 12x DVD-ROM drive, an 
nVidia GeForce2 GTS Ultra graphics card, 
a 19-inch monitor, and a THX-certified, 
five-piece Altec Lansing ADA885 speaker 
system. 

Smooth, stutter-free video playback is 
a given for this class of computer, but 
that's only the starting point. Dell's P991 
monitor is an excellent display, and its 
17.9-inch viewing area is a credible screen 
size for even letterboxed videos. And 
thanks to the GeForce2 GTS Ultra, the 



EDITORS' RATING [6.8 | 



RATED I TO 10 

EASE OF USE 9 

EXPANDABILITY ... 7 

FEATURE SET 8 

PERFORMANCE 5 

SERVICE AND SUPPORT 8 

VALUE 4 

Excellent hardware configu- 
ration; tool-free chassis; 
flexible support options 

a Expensive; average perfor- 
mance with today's apps; 
lack of Pentium 4-optimized 
software 



SYSTEM: 

Dell Dimension 8100 

COMPANY: 

Dell Computer Corp. 
Round Rock, TX 

800-925-0188,512-338-4400 
www.dell.com 

as tested: 1 .5GHz Pentium 
4; 128MB 800MHz RDRAM; 
40GB hard drive; 12x/8x/32x 
CD-RW drive; 12x DVD-ROM 
drive; nVidia GeForce2 GTS Ultra 
graphics card with 64MB DDR 
SDRAM; 19-inch Dell P991 
monitor; Turtle Beach Santa Cruz 
sound card; Altec Lansing ADA885 
five-piece speaker system; 3Com 
V90 WinModem; integrated 3Com 
10/1 00Mbps network card; 
Microsoft Works Suite 2000 

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Dimension 8100 
won't disappoint 
with 2D and 3D 
graphics, either. 
There's also a Sony 
CD-RW drive 
onboard for backing 
up your important 
data and making 
your own audio 
CDs. 

Dell has switched 
from its dowdy beige 
case to a new 
17.5x8x1 7-inch black 
minitower with a sil- 
ver face and match- 
ing black monitor 
and speakers. With 
| the floppy DVD, and 
CD-RW drives, only 
a single 5.25-inch 
accessible bay is 
available. A vacant 
3.5-inch bay resides 
inside the case, 
which you get to by 
pressing a button at 
the bottom of the 
front panel. (The 
left-side panel slips up and away.) Three 
PCI slots are unfilled, though the graphics 
card's large heat sink makes one of them 
unusable. Three of the four RIMM sock- 
ets are empty and the system can be 
expanded to 1GB of memory. 

The Dimension 8100 is covered by a 
three-year parts and one-year labor war- 
ranty through phone diagnostics and parts 
shipping. You can change that to three 
years of onsite service for $99. Other 
optional plans are available that will let 
you extend the coverage to four or five 
years of onsite service or parts shipping. 
Toll-free support for factory-installed soft- 
ware and the operating system (Windows 
Millennium Edition or Windows 2000) is 
provided for 30 days. After that, you'll pay 
a $29 charge per incident, though $149 
will buy you a full year of support. 

The Dell Dimension 8100 clearly has 
limited appeal. It doesn't offer much 
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its regular-price systems. Priced hundreds of dollars less than Toshiba's Equium machines, 
the new V-series systems compete against generic "white box" PCs. V-series systems are 
built to order, so you can choose the components that suit your needs. One configuration, 
the V3300D, offers a good mix of components — with very few extras. 

Our review unit came well equipped for most business tasks. The 866MHz Pentium 

III processor was ^ mmmmmm 

matched with 128MB 
of SDRAM, a 30GB 
hard drive, and a 48x 
CD-ROM drive. Given 
the system's low price 
and business-market 
target, we didn't expect 
a DVD-ROM, CD-RW, 
or Zip drive, but we 
were pleased to see 
that, unlike many other 
budget desktops, the 
V3300D provides plenty 
of room for expansion. 
Inside the full-size 
5.7x1 7. lxl 6.1 -inch desk- 
top case are two empty 
PCI slots, as well as one 
unoccupied front-acces- 
sible 5.25-inch drive bay 
and two empty internal 
3.5-inch drive bays. 

Although the system 
uses an integrated S3 
Savage4 graphics 
chipset, the mother- 
board has an AGP slot — a rare feature in 
inexpensive systems with integrated 
graphics. Our evaluation system did not 
have a modem (a V.90 fax /modem is avail- 
able as an option), but it did come with a 
3Com Fast EtherLink XL 10/100 network 
card with an RJ-45 port. Unfortunately, 
there's no hardware-related network sup- 
port. The system doesn't support Wake- 
on-LAN or hardware alerts. And unlike 
other business-targeted systems, the 
V3300D doesn't include software to opti- 
mize network use, reduce maintenance, or 
increase reliability. 

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desktops we've tested. Some of the blame 
may lie with the S3 Savage4 graphics 
chipset. It turned in mediocre performance 
on our 3D WinMark 2000 benchmark tests, 
due in part to its lack of onboard video 
RAM. Although the Savage4 should be fine 
for most business-graphics programs, don't 
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Our review system came with a 
Toshiba 17-inch TekB right 710V monitor, 
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EDITORS' RATING 7.2 



RATED I TO 10 

EASE OF USE 7 

EXPANDABILITY 8 

FEATURE SET 7 

PERFORMANCE 6 

SERVICE AND SUPPORT 7 

VALUE 8 

Competitive price; lots of 

expansion room; solid 
construction 

Mediocre performance; 

limited software bundle; 
no hardware network support 



system: Toshiba V3300D 

company: Toshiba America 

Information Systems 

Irvine, CA 

800-867-4422, 949-583-3000 

www.toshiba.com 

AS TESTED: 866MHZ 

Pentium III; 128MB SDRAM; 
Western Digital 30GB hard drive; 
48x CD-ROM drive; S3 Savage4 
graphics chipset; 17-inch 
TekBright 710V monitor; integrat- 
ed AC-97 audio software; 3Com 
Fast EtherLink XL 10/100 
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has a 0.28mm dot 
pitch. The 710V has 
a maximum resolu- 
tion of 1,280x1,024 
with a 60Hz refresh 
rate. Even at this res- 
olution, the monitor 
is sharp from edge to 
edge, but the low 
60Hz refresh rate 
caused the screen to 
flicker slightly. We 
found a 1 ,024x768 
resolution with 
a 75 Hz refresh 
rate to be far more 
comfortable. 
Speakers were 
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in our con- 
figuration, 
but you can 
add a pair 
when you 
order the 
system. The 
V3300D 
doesn't have 
a traditional sound card, either; 
rather, it uses an AC-97 software 
solution designed specifically for 
Windows audio. This should work 
fine for most Windows apps, but 
if you're still using DOS programs 
that support sound, you may not 
be able to hear them. 

The V3300D's software bundle 
is strictly bare-bones. It includes 
a Toshiba Configuration Builder 
CD (to restore your original 
hard drive configuration), Norton 
Antivirus, and Adobe Acrobat. 
There's no option for adding 
an office suite. That may be fine 
for a large corporation that has a 
site license for Microsoft Office, but it 
could be a major drawback for a small 
business that needs to run standard busi- 
ness software. 

The V3300D is certainly a mixed bag. 
It provides plenty of expansion capabili- 
ties, is solidly built, and has a competitive 
price. On the other hand, it offers 
mediocre performance, has no additional 
network support, and ships with a mini- 
mal software bundle. Still, if you find its 
strengths match your needs — and its defi- 
ciencies aren't relevant to you — this built- 
to-order system could be an excellent fit. 

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mixed lighting conditions. Images 
captured outdoors on the includ- 
ed 16MB CompactFlash card con- 
sistently yielded proper exposure 
and accurate color, although we 




were not able to capture macro shots indoors 
at the minimum-rated distance. Moreover, the 
flash did not provide enough illumination on 
subjects at the maximum-rated distance to 
capture sharp details. 

Having few hardware controls contributes 
to the DC4800's approachability, but you'll 
make a few trade-offs for this simplicity. For 
example, the small power switch, located in the 
center of the mode dial, lies flush with the sur- 
face of the dial, making it difficult to turn the 
camera on or off. 

These relatively minor complaints aside, 
we found the camera's control system to be 
well-designed and easy to use. The DC4800 

also provides a well- 
organized menu that 
displays your previ- 
ous settings each 
time you access it — 
a time-saver when 



EDITORS' RATING 6.8 



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DESIGN 

EASE OF USE .... 

FEATURES 

IMAGE QUALITY 
PERFORMANCE . 
VALUE 



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image quality; easy to use; 
supports lens and flash acces- 
sories; wide range of image- 
capture settings 

a No audio-capture function; 
can't change batteries or 
media when camera is mounted 
on a tripod; indoor macro shots 
are difficult to focus 



product: Kodak DC4800 
Zoom Digital Camera 

COMPANY: 

Eastman Kodak Co. 
Rochester, NY; 800-242-2424 
www.kodak.com 

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you want to capture 

a number of shots 

with slightly different settings. 

More compact than most other Kodak 
digital cameras — it weighs only 15 ounces 
with batteries, media, lens cap, and 
neck strap — the DC4800 offers above- 
average image quality in a nicely portable 
package. —Bruce and Marge Brown 



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SAMSUNG ML-4500 




A Laser Printer 
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RICES FOR PERSONAL INKJET PRINTERS HAVE 
gotten so low, you can almost think of them as "dispos- 
able" printers. Now, Samsung Electronics America has 
introduced what may be the first disposable laser printer, the 
ML-4500, which has an estimated price of just $199. 

The ML-4500 turned in excellent 
performance on our tests. After 
waiting 21 seconds for the first page 
of our print job to drop, the rest fol- 
lowed at the rated speed; nine pages 
of our 10-page Word document 
printed at 7.97 pages per minute 
(ppm) for an overall rate of 6.76 
ppm. Print quality was also very 
good for a printer of this class — even 
3 -point text was legible — and photo- 
graphic images showed no signs of 
banding and had good coverage in 
light and dark regions. 

Samsung includes some surpris- 
ing features in this inexpensive 
printer. For instance, the unit has 




two paper inputs: a 1 50-sheet bin and a single- 
sheet manual slot that makes it easy to print 
envelopes or label sheets. For output, the 
ML-4500 features a 100-sheet, face-down bin 
and a single-sheet, face-up slot. (There's no 
tray to catch the page.) The unit also has a 
button on the front panel that lets you reprint 
the last page printed, a handy way to print 
forms on demand on a small scale. 

The ML-4500 does have some weak spots. 
The only printed documentation is a thor- 
ough and well-illustrated setup sheet; the rest 
of the manual is on the CD. Moreover, the 

printer lacks a USB 
connection, which may 
be a problem when you 
buy your next comput- 
er. The biggest design 



EDITORS' RATING 6.2 



RATED 

FEATURES 

OUTPUT QUALITY 
PAPER HANDLING 

PERFORMANCE. ... 
VALUE 



I TO I 



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print driver; attractive low 



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price 

a No USB port; drum exposed 
during installation; on-disc 
documentation only 



PRODUCT: 

Samsung ML-4500 

COMPANY: 

Samsung Electronics America 
Rancho Dominguez, CA 
888-887-8536.310-900-5100 
www.samsungusa.com 

MFR. EST. PRICE: $199 



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flaw, however, is the 
way the photosensitive 
drum is exposed during installation; you 
have to be careful to avoid getting finger- 
prints or scratches on it. 

What's more, the provided cartridge is a 
disappointment. It's only rated for 1 ,000 
pages, much less than the 2,500-page rating of 
its $69.95-estimated replacement. Still, despite 
these shortcomings, we think the Samsung 
ML-4500 is one disposable printer you'll want 
to hang on to for a long time. —Alfred Poor 



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IF YOU WANT A DIGITAL WAREHOUSE FOR 
your AV files or Web downloads, Maxtor Corp.'s 
.DiamondMax 80 will hold 
V more than any other hard 

drive — 81.9GB — and do it for less money. 

In fact, its list price of $299.95 translates 

to today's lowest cost per gigabyte of 

storage — about $3.66 a gig. 

To reach that capacity, Maxtor has 

added one more platter to its 60GB 

DiamondMax 60 drive, bringing the total 

to four platters with eight heads to service 

them. Otherwise, the drive's list of fea- 
tures echoes those of its predecessor. It has 

an identical areal density, as well as the 

same 5,400-rpm spin rate. 

Although the low spin rate disqualifies 

the DiamondMax 80 as a high-perfor- 
mance drive, it compensates with 

throughput rivaling that of a 7,200-rpm 

drive. Nevertheless, the higher latency 



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EDITORS' RATING 8.5 



RATED I TO I 

FEATURES 9 

INSTALLATION AND SETUP 9 

PERFORMANCE 7 

VALUE 9 

Largest-capacity hard drive 
available; low per-gigabyte 



cost 



Moderate performance 




imposed by the slow spin causes it to lag 
when fast access is needed. The DiamondMax 
80 performed roughly the same with ATA/ 33 
and ATA/ 66 interfaces, but its Business Disk 
WinMark 99 score increased about 10 percent 
when we switched to an ATA/ 100 interface. 

Nothing about the DiamondMax 80 accen- 
tuates its unique status. It looks like any other 
Maxtor disk, using the same packaging, acces- 
sories (including an Ultra DMA/ 66 interface 
cable), and MaxBlast setup software. As with 

any disk exceeding an 
8GB capacity, owners of 
older PCs will need to 
update their systems' 
BIOSs. Also, the stan- 
dard Windows 95/98 
partitioning software, 

FDISK, will dispay erroneous capacities due to 
its own 64GB limit — no shame on Maxtor 
here. Setup is simply a matter of connecting 
the drive, running MaxBlast, and perhaps 
using its partition-cloning option if you want 
to replace your old drive with the 
DiamondMax. 

The DiamondMax 80 is backed by a one- 
year unconditional warranty. Now the only 
question is when Maxtor will slide a fifth 
platter into the drive to break the triple-digit 
capacity mark. -Winn L. Rosch 



PRODUCT: 

Maxtor DiamondMax 80 
company: Maxtor Corp. 
Milpitas, CA; 800-262-9867 
www.maxtor.com 

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UMAX ASTRANET E54P0 



Scanning Oyer 
The Rough Spots 

TO STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD, A FLATBED 
scanner needs more than just sky-high optical resolution, 
push-button operation, and an affordable price. Witness 
Umax Technologies' $199-estimated AstraNet e5470, which deliv- 
ers all that, plus transparency scanning, 42-bit internal color, and 
the option of scanning straight to the Web. 

Despite its capable hardware and generous software bundle, 
however, the AstraNet has some notable imperfections. For 
starters, setup should have been ^ m ^^^^^^^^^^^ 

easier than it was, due to the poorly 
organized, error -filled quick-start 
guide. Worse, Umax supplies only a 
4-foot USB cable — too short for 
many installations. 

We were also surprised by the 
ragged quality of scanned text, 
which should have looked sharper 
at 300 dpi. Also, the bundled OCR 
software, ScanSoft's OmniPage 
LE, returned several dozen errors 
in our single-column page of text 
and failed miserably with our 




multicolumn page. 

Four quick-scan buttons adorn the scan- 
ner's front panel: one for scanning directly to 
an application; one for making copies; one 
that can be configured for e-mail, fax, or 
OCR; and one labeled Power Savings. This 
last button didn't seem to do anything, nor 
was it even addressed in the documentation. 

Still, the VistaScan TWAIN utility is an 
absolute gem, with a just-the-basics mode for 
beginners and a tweak-everything mode for 
advanced users. Umax also supplies plenty of 
worthwhile software and services, including 
Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition; NewSoft 
VistaShuttle, which uses scanned images for 
fun projects like calendars and greeting cards; 

WebLink, the 
scan-to- Web 
utility; and 
50MB of stor- 
age free for 
one year on 



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EDITORS' RATING 5.6 



RATED I TO 10 

EASE OF USE 6 

FEATURES 6 

IMAGE QUALITY 5 

INSTALLATION AND SETUP .4 
VALUE 7 



Professional-quality optical 
resolution; 42-bit color; 

transparency adapter; extensive 

software bundle 

Short USB cable; confusing 
quick-start guide; mediocre 

color reproduction; images tend 

to look dark; substandard OCR 

software 




PRODUCT: 

Umax AstraNet e5470 

COMPANY: 

Umax Technologies 
Fremont, CA 

800-562-0311,510-651-4000 
www.umax.com 

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ImageOL.com, an online photo- 
album service. 

The Umax AstraNet e5470 clear- 
ly has its faults. But while it may 
not be well-equipped to handle pro- 
fessional needs, it can be an attrac- 
tive package for families and small 
businesses. — Rick Broida 



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AFTER FALLING BEHIND ITS COMPETITORS IN THE 
3D-acceleration race, Matrox Graphics has focused most 
of its efforts on the corporate space — specifically on its 
economical dual-display capabilities, ^ . 

which debuted in 1999 with the % 

Millennium G400 graphics card. 
Matrox's follow-up to that board, the 
$145-estimated Millennium G450, 
adds powerful 2D-graphics capabili- 
ties to the mix. 

The Millennium G450 is not with- 
out competition. Last spring, nVidia 
Corp. introduced the GeForce MX, 
which can also support dual-monitor 
output at a slight additional compo- 
nent cost. Boards based on this 
chipset are likely to offer equivalent 
2D functionality combined with 
superior 3D capabilities for about the 
same price as the Millennium G450. 
The Hercules 3D Prophet II MX 




Dual-Display Video, for example, is expected 
to replace the single-display 3D Prophet II 
MX at an added cost of about $20. The 
G450's score of 344 on our Business Graphics 
WinMark 99 test was about 5 percent better 
than the 329 posted by the single-display 
Prophet II MX, but the Hercules board deliv- 
ered twice the score of the G450 on 3D 
WinMark 2000. 

Though hardware enables dual-monitor 
support, software drivers perfect it, and 
Matrox provides a plethora of dual-display 

modes and options in all 
Windows flavors, supported 
by amenities such as config- 
urable hotkeys and the ability 
to save desktop icon positions. 
The G450 also offers Matrox's 
trademark handsome fonts 
and high-resolution output 



EDITORS' RATING 7.0 



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RATED I TO 

FEATURES 8 

SETUP AND CONTROLS 9 

2D PERFORMANCE 7 

3D PERFORMANCE 4 

VALUE 7 

Economical dual -monitor 
support; excellent display 
quality and stability; outstanding 
software features and hardware 
compatibility 

Dismal 3D performance 



PRODUCT: 

Matrox Millennium G450 
company: Matrox Graphics 
Dorval, QC, Canada 
800-361-1408, 514-822-6320 
www.matrox.com 

MFR. EST. PRICE: $145 



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that make 24-bit images look like framed photos. 
Despite the Matrox Millennium G450's slight 
price advantage, boards based on the GeForce MX 
are clearly superior when 3D applications are run- 
ning and are bound to be strongly considered by 
corporate buyers — not to mention part-time 
gamers who need dual-display capabilities. Still, all 
shoppers should check for both hardware compati- 
bility and software functionality before making 
their final decision. —Jan Ozer 



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CREATIVE LABS 3D BLASTER 
ANNIHILAT0R 2 ULTRA 




WITH DAZZLING 3D CAPABILITIES AND FRAME 
rates, Creative Labs' 3D Blaster Annihilator 2 Ultra is 
clearly the fastest graphics card around. And with an 
estimated price of $499, it's also among the most expensive. 

The Annihilator 2 is the first board based on nVidia Corp.'s 
GeForce2 Ultra chipset, an upgrade of the GeForce2 GTS with a 
few key modifications that deliver 
an amazing boost in performance. 
Among the chip's improvements are 
a ramp up in clock speed from 
200MHz to 250MHz, and faster 
DDR memory, which dramatically 
increases pixel throughput by raising 
the memory clock speed from 
333MHz to 460MHz. The downside 
of the faster memory is the higher 
cost. Expect upcoming 64MB boards 
from Hercules and Elsa to be priced 
in the same neighborhood. 

Combined with nVidia 's new 
Detonator 3 drivers, the Annihilator 2 
Ultra produced outstanding bench- 



mark scores. At 1,024x768 with 32-bit color, for 
example, the card scored a whopping 143 on 
our 3D WinMark 2000 test — compared to a 
previous best of 102 for the ATI Radeon. On 
our Quake III test, the Annihilator 2 pushed 
98.5 frames per second (fps); the Radeon came 
in at 76.3 fps. 

The board itself lacks such amenities as 
video inputs or a TV output. But the software 
controls allow extensive tweaking of OpenGL 
and Direct3D features to achieve the opti- 
mum balance of speed and image quality. 

It's important to note, however, that the 
Annihilator 2 Ultra works best in a high-perfor- 
mance setting. You 



EDITORS' RATING 6.6 



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RATED I TO 10 

FEATURES 5 

SETUP AND CONTROLS 8 

2D PERFORMANCE 7 

3D PERFORMANCE 9 

VALUE 4 

Fastest 3D performance to 
date; support for ultrahigh 
resolutions; highly tunable soft- 
ware settings; unified drivers 
Expensive; no dual-monitor 
or TV output; average 2D 
performance 





product: Creative Labs 3D 
Blaster Annihilator 2 Ultra 
company: Creative Labs 
Milpitas, CA; 800-998-1000 
www.creativelabs.com 

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really need a 500MHz 
or faster Pentium III- 
or Athlon-based sys- 
tem and a monitor 
capable of displaying a 1,600x1,200 resolu- 
tion to reap its full benefits. 

A more serious concern is nVidia's 
aggressive six-month product cycle. Most 
analysts expect the company's next major 
chip, dubbed the NV20, to be introduced 
in early 2001. Still, if you have money to 
burn on a card, the Creative Labs 3D 
Blaster Annihilator 2 Ultra gives you plen- 
ty of firepower — even if the flames won't 
last as long as you might like. — J.O. 



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TOSHIBA PORTEGE 3480CT 



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ONE WOULDN'T EXPECT A 3.4-POUND NOTEBOOK TO DELIVER 
leader-of-the-pack performance and battery life worthy of a mini-Methuselah. 
So we were all but amazed at the results posted by the Toshiba Portege 
3480CT. We were equally astounded by its high price of $3,124, however, and frustrated 
by its uncomfortable keyboard. 

Despite its wafer-thin stature— it measures a mere 0.8 inch thick— the 3480CT proved 
to be one of the fastest ultraportables we've ever laid our hands on, rocketing to 31.4 on 
our Business Winstone 99 test. And its rating of 2 hours and 49 minutes on our 
BatteryMark 4.0 test is great when compared with other notebooks of its kind. 

This mighty mite is powered by a 600MHz Pentium III engine and 128MB of RAM. For 
storage, Toshiba includes a 



12GB hard drive and an 

external floppy drive. 
Despite its impressive 

performance, the Portege is 

a mixed bag. For starters, its 

11.3-inch display is a bit 

smaller than that of many 

ultraportables. And while 

we can't fault the brightness 

and color fidelity of the 

luminous TFT, users with 

less-than-stellar eyesight 

may take issue with its 

1,024x768 resolution, which 

renders the text and graph- 
ics pretty small. Thankfully, 

there's a lot of power 

behind the screen, thanks to 

S3's cutting-edge Savage/ IX 

graphics accelerator, which 

is backed by 8MB of 

SGRAM. 

Although the notebook's 

diminutive display all but 

rules out boardroom presentations, the 

Portege 's SVGA port lets you connect to a 
larger monitor. But you'll want to plan on 
packing speakers and headphones, 
because the notebook's single speaker 
produces audio that is whisper-quiet and 
somewhat distorted. 

More significant problems, however, 
plague the unit's keyboard and pointing 
stick. The keyboard is surprisingly shallow 
and generally uncomfortable for fast typ- 
ing; the pointing stick is stiff and too 
deeply recessed in the keys. 

Worse still is the baffling mouse-button 
arrangement, which consists of a side-by- 
side pair below the space bar and a 



stacked pair below those. The upper pair 
is used for scrolling up and down in docu- 
ments and Web pages; the lower two are 
actuation buttons. The result is an awk- 
ward setup that's cumbersome and 
confusing to work with. 

What's more, the Portege 's wallet- 
slimming price is difficult to swallow. The 
base cost is $2,745, but we tested the unit 
with Toshiba's optional DVD-ROM drive, 
which sells for $379. That boosted the 
grand total to a whopping $3,124. If 
you've got more to spend, a Multimedia 
Port Replicator is also available from 
Toshiba for $399. The vast majority of 
mainstream users will need the DVD- 



EDITORS' RATING 6.3 



RATED I TO 10 

DESIGN 6 

EASE OF USE 5 

FEATURES 7 

PERFORMANCE 8 

SERVICE AND SUPPORT 7 

VALUE 5 

Wafer-thin; fast; outstanding 
battery life 

Q Small screen; costly 
peripherals; uncomfortable 
keyboard 




SYSTEM: 

Toshiba Portege 3480CT 

company: Toshiba America 

Information Systems 

New York, NY; 800-879-4963 

www.toshiba.com 

AS TESTED: 600MHz 

Pentium III processor; 128MB 
SDRAM; 11.3-inch active-matrix 
display; 1 2GB hard drive; 6x 
DVD-ROM drive; S3 Savage/IX 
graphics chipset with 8MB 
SGRAM; integrated V.90 modem; 
pointing stick; Windows 2000 

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ROM drive, and 
most are likely to 
require the port 
replicator, too. 

The Multimedia 
Port Replicator is 
essentially a drive 
bay with expansion 
ports around the 
sides. By itself, the 
Portege has most of 
the expansion essen- 
tials: two Type II PC 
Card slots, a modem, 
an SVGA port, and 
USB ports, plus a 
headphone jack. The 
port replicator sup- 
plies the parallel, ser- 
ial, and 
Ethernet con- 
nections not 
found on the 
Portege proper, 
and adds sec- 
ondary USB and PS/2 ports and a 
third PC Card slot. It also houses a 
DVD-ROM drive. 

Unfortunately, the port replicator 
is thicker than the Portege itself and 
nearly as heavy. It's meant to be left 
on a desk and not used on a fold- 
down tray in economy class. But 
that's a minor matter, especially con- 
sidering that most ultraportables have 
similar issues with external drives. 

Other than Windows 2000, 
Toshiba bundles no additional soft- 
ware to speak of, so you'll need to 
supply your own productivity suite — 
which makes the Portege costlier 
still. On the other hand, Toshiba's 
ultraportable line targets high-flying 
corporate execs, most of whom 
would have an IT department with exist- 
ing software licenses for productivity 
suites like Microsoft Office. 

The company provides only a one-year 
warranty, which is far too short for a 
notebook in this price range. Toll-free 
technical support is available around the 
clock, however. 

All things considered, the Toshiba 
Portege 3480CT merits consideration if 
you can tolerate the keyboard, and if size 
and battery life are your key concerns. It's 
small and speedy, and you can spin the 
entire Dances With Wolves on a single bat- 
tery charge — if, that is, you pack the hefty 
port replicator. — Rick Broida 



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> Built-in Touchpad Pointing Device 

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> 56K Capable V90 Modem 

> 75.6w Smart Lithium-Ion Battery 

> Infra Red, Wireless Fast IR Interface 

> 1 1EEE 1394 Port & 1 Video-ln Port 

> 2 USB Ports & 1 TV-Out Port 

> Other Ports: IS, IP, Ext. Keyboard and Ext. CRT 

> Jacks: 1 Line-In, 1 Line-Out and 1 Microphone 

> Microsoft" Windows' ME 

> Carrying Case and AC Adapter 




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> 102-key Keyboard with Numeric Keypad 

> 256KB On-Die L2 Cache 

> 16MB Video Memory 

> 6.0GB, 10.0GB, or 20.0GB Hard Drive opt. 

> Removable 3.5" 1.44MB FDD exchangeable with 
opt. Iomega Zip Drive or 2nd HDD 

> 3D Surround Sound with Hardware Wavetable 

> 2 Built-in Stereo Speakers and 1 Built-in Microphone 

> Built-in Touchpad Pointing Device 

> 2 Type II or 1 Type III PCMCIA Slots 

> 56K Capable 3 V90 Modem 

> 75.6w Smart Lithium-Ion Battery 

> Infra Red, Wireless Fast IR Interface 

> 1 1EEE 1394 Port & 1 Video-ln Port 

> 2 USB Ports & 1 TV-Out Port 

> Other Ports: IS, IR Ext. Keyboard and Ext. CRT 

> Jacks: 1 Line-In, 1 Line-Out and 1 Microphone 

> Microsoft" Windows" ME 

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> 3D Surround Sound 

> 2 Built-in Stereo Speakers and 1 Built-in Microphone 

> Built-in Touchpad Pointing Device 

> 1 Type II PCMCIA Slot 

> 10/100 Ethernet Lan Adapter 

> 56K Capable 3 V90 Modem 

> Smart Lithium-Ion Battery 

> Infra Red, Wireless Fast IR Interface 

> 2 USB Ports 

> Other Ports: IS, IP, Ext. Keyboard and Ext. CRT 

> Jacks: 1 Line-In, 1 Line-Out and 1 Microphone 

> Microsoft" Windows" ME 

> Carrying Case and AC Adapter 

> Slim Notebook: 12.8"w x 10.15'd x 1.49'h 




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> 128KB On-Die L2 Cache (Intel" Celeron "Processor) 

> 256KB On-Die L2 Cache (Intel" Pentium" III Processor) 

> Integrated 4X AGP Graphics with 32MB Max. user 
definable share Memory Architecture 

> 6.0GB, 10.0GB, or 20.0GB Hard Drive opt. 

> 3.5" 1.44MB FDD 

> 3D Surround Sound 

> 2 Built-in Stereo Speakers and 1 Built-in Microphone 

> Built-in Touchpad Pointing Device 

> 1 Type II PCMCIA Slot 

> 56K Capable 3 V90 Modem + 10/100 Ethernet 

> Infra Red, Wireless Fast IR Interface 

> 3 Hot Keys for E-Mail, Browser and API 

> 2 USB Ports 

> Other Ports: IS, IP, Ext. Keyboard and Ext. CRT 

> Jacks: 1 Headphone and 1 Microphone 

> Microsoft' Windows" ME 

> Carrying Case and AC Adapter 

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opt. 2nd HDD 

3D Surround Sound with Hardware Wavetable 

2 Built-in Stereo Speakers and 1 Built-in Microphone 

Built-in Touchpad Pointing Device 

2 Type II or 1 Type III PCMCIA Slots which support 

ZV-Port and Card Bus 

56K Capable 3 V90 Modem 

Smart Lithium-Ion Battery 

Infra Red, Wireless Fast IR Interface 

2 USB Ports & 1 TV-Out Port 

Other Ports: 1S, 1P, Ext. Keyboard and Ext. CRT 

Jacks: 1 Line-In, 1 Line-Out and 1 Microphone 

Microsoft' Windows' ME 

Carrying Case and AC Adapter 

Slim Notebook: 12.4"wx 10. I'd x 1.4' 



Common features 



> 256KB On-Die L2 Cache 

> 2X AGP 8MB ATI Rage Pro 3D Video 

> Removable 6.0GB, 10.0GB or 20.0GB Hard Drive opt. 

> Removable 3.5" 1.44MB FDD exchangeable with 
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> 2 Built-in Stereo Speakers and 1 Built-in Microphone 

> Built-in Touchpad Pointing Device 

> 2 Type II or 1 Type III PCMCIA Slots which support 
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> 56K Capable 3 V90 Modem 

> Smart Lithium-Ion Battery 

> Infra Red, Wireless Fast IR Interface 

> 2 USB Ports & 1 TV-Out Port 

> Other Ports: 1S, 1P, Ext. Keyboard and Ext. CRT 

> Jacks: 1 Line-In, 1 Line-Out and 1 Microphone 

> Microsoft' Windows' ME 



> Carrying Case and AC Adapter 

> Slim Notebook: 12.4"w x 10.1 "d x 1.4'h 



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> 128KB On-Die L2 Cache (Intel" Celeron "Processor) 

> 256KB On-Die L2 Cache (Intel" Pentium' III Processor) 

> Integrated 4X AGP Graphics with 32MB Max. user 
definable share Memory Architecture 

> 6.0GB, 10.0GB or 20.0GB Hard Drive opt 

> 3.5" 1.44MB FDD 

> 3D Sound Effect 

> 2 Built-in Stereo Speakers and 1 Built-in Microphone 

> Built-in Touchpad Pointing Device 

> 1 Type II PCMCI2A Slot 

> 10/100 Ethernet Lan Adapter 

> 56K Capable 1 V90 Modem 

> Infra Red, Wireless Fast IR Interface 

> 1 USB Port 

> Other Ports: IS, IP, Ext. Keyboard and Ext. CRT 

> Jacks: 1 Headphone and 1 Microphone 

> A4 Size 86-Key Keyboard for Easy Typing 

> Microsoft' Windows" ME 

> Carrying Case and AC Adapter 

> Super Slim Notebook: 11 "w x 9.4 "d x 1.5"h 



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> 256KB On-Die L2 Cache 

> Integrated 4X AGP Graphics with 32MB Max. 
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> The 270 swivel-base houses a 3.5" desktop-size 
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> 3.5" 1.44MB FDD 

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> 2 Built-in Stereo Speakers 

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> Wheel Mouse Optical 

> 2 Type II or 1 Type III PCMCIA Slots 

> 56K Capable 3 V90 Modem + 10/100 Ethernet 

> Infra Red, Wireless Fast IR Interface 

> 1 1EEE 1394 Port 

> 2 USB Ports 

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> Jacks: 1 Line-In, 1 Line-Out and 1 Microphone 

> Microsoft* Windows" ME 



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WITH ITS MOLDED EDGES, TRANSLUCENT PLASTIC TRIM, AND 
metallic finish, the $1,650 Compaq Presario 14XL240 certainly makes a striking 
visual statement. This entry-level silver-and-black wonder aims to attract home 
users who are both style- and budget-conscious. And it does an admirable job, although its 
dual-scan display takes a bit of flash out of the appeal. 

The 14XL240's forward-thinking design doesn't stop with cosmetics. Compaq Computer 
Corp., assuming that most entry-level buyers won't already own much in the way of legacy 
peripherals, has ditched the old-fashioned serial and parallel ports, replacing them with two 
USB connectors. It also includes only a single PC Card slot, but adds an S-Video-out connector 
for aspiring animators and film directors. 

The 14XL240hasan 
external USB floppy drive for 
old-school media, and it 
ships standard with an inter- 
nal Ethernet port for those 
who wish to hook up a 
broadband Internet or net- 
work connection. As for 
optical drives, the fixed 24x 
CD-ROM drive is the 
Presario s only internal 
removable-media device. If 
you want to spin a DVD 
movie, your only option is 
to go external. 

The 14XL240 is pow- 
ered by a 600MHz Intel 
Celeron engine with 64MB 
of RAM (from which 8MB 
is drawn to handle graph- 
ics). Its 6GB hard drive 
provides adequate storage space for a 
notebook in this class. 

The one major drawback of this note- 
book is its dual-scan display. Although the 
screen measures a healthy 13.3 inches, it 
suffers from the shortcomings you'd 
expect of a screen using this outdated 
technology. For example, we noticed 
ghosting of the cursor, poor off-axis visi- 
bility, and washed-out colors. These defi- 
ciencies are especially disappointing given 
the system's almost-midrange price. 

The Presario attempts to make amends 
for its inadequate LCD panel with great 
usability features. The keyboard is excellent, 
although the layout isn't the greatest we've 
seen. An abbreviated Backspace key is set 
beside the Home key, where it can cause 
trouble for fast typists. Overall, however, the 
feel is exceptional, with substantial travel and 




a healthy click when a key is depressed. 

The programmable Synaptics touch pad 
is handy, too, featuring tap zones and 
scrolling options, with two actuation buttons 
that are both large and comfortable. A third 
four- way scrolling button enables you to pro- 
gram up to four separate functions, such as 
simply scrolling in one direction, launching 
an application of your choice, or inputting a 
series of keystrokes. The notebook also 
includes three programmable Internet but- 
tons above the keyboard for launching 
favorite Web sites, an e-mail client, and a 
preferred shopping site. 

A cluster of stand-alone buttons cen- 
tered between the two front-facing JBL 
Pro stereo speakers gives you intuitive 
control over playing audio tracks, 
although the Presario won't let you listen 
to music while the system is powered off. 



A dedicated MP3 
button launches the 
RioPort Audio 
Manager, providing 
quick access to digi- 
tal music files stored 
on your hard drive. 
The volume buttons 
are responsive, but 
the lack of a mute 
button is a major 
oversight. 
Nonetheless, the 
Presario delivers 
crisp audio with even 
a fair amount of bass 
output. 

The system's over- 
all performance was 

not its strong 

point. The 

Presario 

cranked out a 

ho-hum 

Business 

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score of 15.3. 



EDITORS' RATING | 5.7 1 



RATED I TO 10 

DESIGN 7 

EASE OF USE 6 

FEATURES 5 

PERFORMANCE 5 

SERVICE AND SUPPORT 6 

VALUE 5 





Nicely styled; good usability 
and battery life 
Dual -scan display; sluggish 
performance; weak graphics 



SYSTEM: 

Compaq Presario 1 4XL240 

COMPANY: 

Compaq Computer Corp. 
Houston, TX; 800-888-0220 
www. Compaq, com 

AS TESTED: 600MHz 

Celeron; 64MB SDRAM; 6GB hard 
drive; 13.3-inch dual-scan dis- 
play; 24x CD-ROM drive; Trident 
CyberBlade 11 AGP graphics using 
8MB of system RAM; Via PCI 
audio controller; touch pad; V.90 
modem; integrated 10/1 00Mbps 
Ethernet adapter; Microsoft 
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Its score on 3D WinMark 2000 was 
similarly uninspiring, and its Quake 
III demo playback topped off at an 
extremely choppy 6.9 frames per 
second. The Presario held its own in 
battery life, however, lasting 3 hours 
and 29 minutes on a single charge. 

Compaq bundles an adequate soft- 
ware package, including Windows 98 
Second Edition and Microsoft 
Featured Home Collection With 
Word, which includes the word 
processor as well as Works 2000, 
Money 2000, and a year of Encarta Online. 
To maintain the Presario's general health, 
you'll also find McAfee VirusScan, along 
with an excellent set of electronic doctors 
and troubleshooting utilities. 

Concise documents and an easy-to-follow 
setup guide will ensure a smooth out-of-box 
experience as well. Compaq backs the entire 
Presario 1400 series with a standard one-year 
parts-and-labor warranty and 24/7 toll-free 
technical support. 

Based on looks alone, the Presario 
14XL240 certainly stands out from the 
pack, although several competing models 
at similar prices won't force you to stare 
at a substandard display. Nonetheless, this 
notebook's simple operation, good sup- 
port, and thoughtful attention to design 
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GATEWAY SOLO 5300CX 



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Power, Performance 

INDECISIVE NOTEBOOK SHOPPERS, LET GO OF YOUR MOUSE AND LOOK NO 
further. The new Solo 5300CX from Gateway delivers the perfect compromise 
between easy-on-the-shoulders portability and muscular desktop-replacement power. 
For an almost-reasonable $2,848, Gateway packs a lot of machine into a sleek package 
that weighs only 5.5 pounds. This 750MHz Pentium III powerhouse delivers nimble perfor- 
mance and maximum functionality, thanks to its large hard drive, hot-swappable drive bay, 
and gorgeous display. Together, these top-notch components should please all but the most 
demanding users. 

Trimmed in black and finished off with the unmistakable Gateway cow-cube logo, the 
Solo 5300CX is a no-nonsense, elegantly designed unit. Look under the hood, and you'll find 
a potent SpeedStep-enabled 
engine with 128MB of system 
RAM and 8MB of graphics 
memory, enough to crunch all 
the software apps you're apt to 
use. Got a lot of data to store? 
The 20GB hard drive should 
prove spacious enough. 

The 5300CX is nothing if 
not versatile. It's built around 
a multifunction bay that 
accepts both the included 
modular floppy and 8x DVD 
drives; the bay also can 
accommodate an additional 
hard drive or optional second 
battery for those really long 
hauls. This modularity is one 
of the Solo's winning features. 
In fact, almost every internal 
device — including the modem, 
storage and multimedia drives, 
RAM, and battery — can be 
replaced or upgraded. 

Opening the 5300CX 
reveals a vivid 14.1 -inch TFT display and a 
comfortable keyboard, encased in a jet-black 
interior. The beautiful display supports a 
crisp 1,024x768 XGA resolution, which is 
bright enough to prompt passersby to steal 
a quick second look. A DVD title we played 
using the preinstallcd WinDVD software on 
the 8x DVD drive showed crystal-clear. 

The full-size keyboard won't disappoint 
even the fastest of typists: Its deep-set keys 
are well-positioned and comfortable. The 
touch-pad pointing device is similarly 
responsive and well-designed. 

The 5300CX's built-in speakers, as with 
most notebooks', lacked the oomph of 
real bass. If you travel with your tunes, 





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input instead. 

The Solo 5300CX stood up quite well to a 
rigorous bout of testing. Both its Business 
Winstone 99 score of 24.9 and its 3D 
WinMark 2000 result of 45.2 at 640x480 reso- 
lution were on par with similarly configured 
systems we've seen. You may be disappoint- 
ed if you want to use this machine for hard- 
core gaming, however. Informal testing with 
a Quake III demo produced, at best, a frame 
rate of 22 frames per second. The game was 
a bit choppy, although still playable. 

But the system's surprisingly lengthy 
battery life helped overcome its 3D- 
graphics anemia. We were able to 



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DESIGN 8 

EASE OF USE 

FEATURES 

PERFORMANCE 

SERVICE AND SUPPORT 
VALUE 



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display; long battery life 

a Moderately pricey; brief 
warranty; no Ethernet 




SYSTEM: 

Gateway Solo 5300CX 
company: Gateway 
San Diego, CA; 800-846-2000 
www. gateway, com 
AS TESTED: 750MHz 

Pentium III SpeedStep processor; 
128MB SDRAM; 14.1 -inch XGA 
active-matrix display; 20GB 
removable hard drive; 8x DVD- 
ROM drive; S3 Savage/IX graph- 
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drive; integrated V.90 modem; 
touch pad; lithium-ion battery; 
Microsoft Works Suite 2000; 
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squeeze 3 hours and 
39 minutes of juice 
out of the 5300CX's 
lithium-ion battery 
during BatteryMark 
4.0 test runs. 

To connect to the 
outside world, the 
notebook is outfitted 
with the usual array 
of standard ports. In 
addition to the dual 
PC Card slots, you'll 
find USB, serial, paral- 
lel, S-Video-out, mon- 
itor, and PS/2 connec- 
tors (one of each). 
Two USB ports, 
which we've seen late- 
ly on some new 
notebooks, 
would have 
been nice. 
Internet access 
is within reach, 
thanks to the 

internal 56Kbps modem. Integrated 
Ethernet is a $99 option. 

If you need more connectivity 
than that, Gateway sells an add-on 
port replicator. This $149 option 
adds serial, parallel, joystick, moni- 
tor, TV-in, TV-out, S-Video-out, two 
USB, and two PS/2 connections, pro- 
viding a convenient way to connect 
the Solo to a desktop monitor, a key- 
board, and printers. 

Another mark in Gateway's favor 
is the bundled software package. 
Microsoft's Windows Me operating 
system comes preinstalled, along 
with the Microsoft Works produc- 
tivity suite of applications, includ- 
ing Word, Money, and Excel 2000. 
You'll also find Norton Antivirus soft- 
ware, a year of free Internet access 
through America Online, and fun stuff 
like the Encarta encyclopedia. 

Gateway offers a one-year parts-and- 
labor warranty, which is a bit brief. (An 
upgrade to three years will cost you an 
additional $100.) The company also pro- 
vides 24/7 toll-free tech support. 

The Gateway Solo 5300CX proves that 
the term "lightweight desktop replacement" 
isn't an oxymoron. Though $2,848 certainly 
isn't cheap, this notebook delivers adequate 
performance for its class, a great display, long 
battery life, and convenient swappable drives. 

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IBM THINKPAD A21P 



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imm? J F DARTH VADER NEEDED A NOTEBOOK, HE'D PROBABLY BUY 
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* Lord. With its powerful 850MHz Pentium III and blazing 3D-graphics 
chipset, this notebook packs a Death Star-level punch as well. 

Almost all the edges and corners of this jet-black notebook, except for the titanium com- 
posite cover that houses its 15-inch LCD, are extremely angled. The design gives it a sharp, 
sleek profile that belies the incredible array of cutting-edge technology within. 

The A21p is powered by the fastest Intel mobile processor available and 128MB of 
SDRAM. It also includes a beefy 32GB hard drive for storage and an 8x DVD-ROM 
drive. At 7.2 pounds, it's 
relatively small and light for 
a fully loaded desktop- 
replacement notebook. 

As you'd expect from a 
system of this caliber, the 
A21p has the processing 
chops to handle almost any 
app you throw at it. It rock- 
eted through our Business 
Winstone 99 test, yielding an 
extremely high score of 38.6. 
And surprisingly, it perse- 
vered for 3 hours and 59 
minutes on our BatteryMark 
4.0 test. 

Along with its sizzling 
processor, the A21p packs 
quite a graphics wallop, 
thanks to its 128-bit ATI 
video chipset with 16MB of 
SGRAM. The graphics are fast enough to 
run even the most demanding of 3D games. 
It deftly handled Star Trek: Voyager Elite 
Force, an extremely graphics-intensive 
shooter, at 1 ,024x768 resolution. 

The A21p is also well-equipped for 
video editing, sporting both S-Video-in 
and -out connectors. (A converter dongle 
enables composite-video connections.) 
Teamed with the unit's fast CPU and enor- 
mous hard drive, this makes for a great 
portable video workstation — if you're 
using analog video sources. The notebook 
lacks an IEEE 1394 (Fire Wire) or S/PDIF 
audio connector, however, so digital-video 
users will have to employ analog connec- 
tions, or opt for an add-on PC Card. 

The A21p's 15-inch screen is wonderful, 
aJthough its 1,600x1,200 resolution renders 
icons and text so small that you're likely to 



find yourself squinting. You can save your 
eyesight, however, by shifting to large fonts 
or dropping the screen resolution a bit. 

Above the screen, you'll find IBM's 
proprietary UltraPort connector. 
Currently, this can be used for an optional 
clip-on digital camera; other UltraPort 
devices such as a Bluetooth transmitter 
and a CompactFlash reader are in the 
works. 

ThinkPads are known for their out- 
standing keyboards, and the A21p is no 
exception. The keyboard features full-size 
keys with a responsive, deep feel. The lay- 
out is well-designed, with the page-move- 
ment keys in the top left corner and no 
extra keys near the cursor arrows to acci- 
dentally depress. A ThinkPad key brings 
up a thorough and useful online help 
application. The slickest feature, though, 



EDITORS' RATING 7.8 



RATED I TO 10 

DESIGN 7 

EASE OF USE 8 

FEATURES 8 

PERFORMANCE 9 

SERVICE AND SUPPORT 8 

VALUE 7 

Top-notch performance; 
innovative keyboard light; 
great battery life 

a Somewhat pricey; screen res- 
olution too high for some eyes 




SYSTEM: 

IBM ThinkPad A21p 

COMPANY: IBM Corp. 

Armonk, NY; 800-426-7235 
www.ibm.com 

AS TESTED: 850MHz 
Pentium III; 128MB SDRAM; 
32GB hard drive; 15-inch active- 
matrix LCD; 8x DVD-ROM drive; 
ATI Rage Mobility 128 graphics 
with 16MB SGRAM; pointing 
stick; integrated V.90 modem; 
Lotus SmartSuite Millennium 
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is the ThinkLight, a 
tiny light just above 
the LCD screen that 
illuminates the keys 
for use in dark envi- 
ronments. 

Above the key- 
board are two small 
speakers sitting 
under metal grilles, a 
placement that keeps 
them from being 
muffled by your 
palms when you're 
typing. The audio is 
top-notch for a note- 
book, with plenty of 
volume and no dis- 
tortion even when 
cranked to 
the limit. 
Cursor 
control 
comes from 
a TrackPoint 

pointing stick, a love-it-or-hate-it 
component. One factor in the 
TrackPoint's favor is that, unlike 
a touch pad, it can't be acciden- 
tally tapped, so you never find 
the cursor traveling to distant 
locales on the screen. Below the 
right and left buttons is a third 
key that puts the pointer in 
scrolling mode. This may not 
work well for everyone because 
it's easy to unintentionally hit it 
when reaching for one of the 
primary controls. 

The included office suite, 
Lotus SmartSuite Millennium Edition, is a 
capable package, but obviously not as 
ubiquitous as Microsoft Office. The bun- 
dled copy of MGI VideoWave III will let 
you dive right into the notebook's video- 
editing capabilities, and PC Doctor is 
there to assist in troubleshooting. Fans of 
alternative operating systems will be 
happy to know that the A21p is available 
not only with Windows 98 Second Edition 
or 2000, but Caldera OpenLinux eDesktop 
as well. 

IBM includes a top-notch three-year 
parts-and-labor warranty, as well as live 
toll-free tech support 24 hours daily. 

Fast, full-featured, and relatively light, 
the IBM ThinkPad A21p is one of the best- 
engineered notebooks we've ever seen. But 
you'll pay a premium price for that quality. 

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CREATIVE NOMAD JUKEBOX 



1,50 Audio CDs, , 
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CREATIVE LABS' NOMAD JUKEBOX WOULDN'T BE 
out of place in the lab of James Bond's gadgetmaster, Q. 
"The case looks like that of a typical portable CD player, 
007," he'd say "But inside is a 6GB hard drive that stores more than 
100 hours of music. With USB connection, rechargeable batteries, 
and sophisticated search capabilities, this is a powerful device, Bond." 

Indeed. In many respects the $499 Nomad Jukebox represents a 
major advance over previous MP3 devices, 
but some surprising limitations (and its rela- 
tively high price) mean it's not the ultimate 
music player. 

The resemblance to a CD player is only 
superficial. A seven-line backlit LCD screen 
sits above the controls and displays detailed 
song info. The 14-ounce device can hold 
approximately 150 CDs worth of music, so 
you'll be glad to know you can search for 
songs by artist, album, or genre, in addition 
to accessing prebuilt playlists. These lists 
can be created with the bundled PlayCenter 
2 ripping software or built on the fly on the 
Jukebox and saved for later replay. 




Playback is clear and crisp, without notice- 
able noise or distortion. The "backphones" 
(headphones that wrap around the back of 
your head) are decent, but they don't fit large 
heads well. Dual line-outs can connect to four- 
point speaker setups; audio quality using 
Boston Acoustics 4800 speakers was excellent. 

While two audiobooks are included among 
the sample files, the unit is ill-suited for audio- 
book playback. The unit lacks a bookmark fea- 
ture, a must for long files, and you can't fast- 
forward or rewind within an MP3 file. 

The four rechargeable AA nickel metal- 
hydride batteries charge automatically in the 
player when the external AC adapter is 

plugged in. Creative also 



EDITORS' RATING 6.7 



RATED I TO 10 

COMPATIBILITY 6 

DESIGN 7 

FEATURES 6 

PERFORMANCE 8 

SOUND QUALITY 8 

VALUE 5 

D Enormous capacity; great 
organization features; good 
sound quality 

No bookmarking; no fast-for- 
ward or rewind within songs; 
nonadjustable headphones 




PRODUCT: 

Creative Nomad Jukebox 
company: Creative Labs 
Milpitas, CA; 800-998-1000 
www.creative.com 

MFR. EST. PRICE: $499 



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includes a second set — a 
nice touch. The batteries 
supported just over 4 
hours of continuous playback. 

File download over USB is speedy, but our 
unit lost contact with the PC a couple of times 
during large (about 200MB) batch transfers, 
forcing a manual restart. 

Though pricey when compared with MP3- 
capable portable CD players, the Creative 
Nomad Jukebox lets you take along a huge 
library of tunes without sacrificing ease of use 
and the ability to create custom playlists. 

—Denny Atkin 



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WANT TO CHECK VOICE MAIL, SCHEDULE A 
meeting, and download the latest sports scores, all 
with a single device? Take a look at the Nokia 7190, 
Nokia's first WAP-compliant cell phone. Though surfing the 
Internet from a cell phone is still rather slow, the Nokia makes it 
pretty painless and also delivers a wealth of useful functions. 

Weighing less than 5 ounces and measuring 5x2x1 inches, the 
7190 is a relatively small phone that fits comfortably in your 
hand. Resembling Nokia's 5100 ^ mmmmmmmmm ^ mmimmmm ^ 
and 6100 series, the 7190, which 
operates on the GSM network, 
bulges to accommodate a 
roomy 1.8-inch screen. A some- 
what flimsy Active Slide panel 
covers the keypad and the 
NaviRoller, an up /down scroll 
button that makes browsing 
on the phone's small screen 
relatively easy. 

The PDA functions on the 
7190 are impressive. It can store 
up to 1,000 contacts, and each 
entry can include five phone 





numbers and two text fields. Plus, the 7190 
can warehouse up to 660 appointments and 
100 to-do items. You can sync the data to 
your computer with the included serial 
cable or using the IR port. (The cables and 
software necessary to do so were not avail- 
able at press time, so we were unable to 
test this feature.) 

The phone delivers access to the 
Internet via the somewhat rudimentary 
WAP network. Unfortunately, using the 
phone's browser to navigate the Internet 
requires so many clicks that you might blis- 
ter your thumb before you drill down to 
the information you need. 

^^^ The 7190 also sup- 

ports Short Message 
Service (SMS) and 



EDITORS' RATING 6.6 



RATED I TO 10 

DESIGN 7 

EASE OF USE 5 

FEATURES 9 

PERFORMANCE 6 

VALUE 6 



D 



Stylish; lightweight; easy 

navigation 

Small keys; Active Slide 

panel feels flimsy 



product: Nokia 7190 

COMPANY: Nokia 

Irving, TX; 888-665-4228 
www.nokia.com 

PRICE: $200 to $300, 

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includes a predictive text-input feature that 
guesses which word you're trying to enter — 
convenient, considering that the phone's tiny 
keys make using the keypad a challenge. The 
phone also includes voice dialing and a lithi- 
um-ion battery that delivers 3 to 5 hours of 
talk time and eight days of standby time. 

The 7190 will sell for between $200 and 
$300, depending on the carrier. Costly, but 
digital-gadget lovers may find the Nokia 7190 
well worth the price. 

—Xavier W. Niz 



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ACDSEE3.1 




Here for 

etter View 




ORGANIZING AND VIEWING THE MYRIAD 
media files on your PC is easy with ACDSee 3.1, a 

y handy little program with an efficient interface and an 
abundance of goodies — such as speedy photo adjust- 
ment, versatile contact-sheet output, batch-file conversion, and plen- 
tiful input and output options. 

The program's default desktop is 
divided into three panes: an 
Explorer-type file-folder list, a win- 
dow of thumbnail views of files in 
the current folder, and a larger view 
of the currently selected file. A row 
of buttons provides access to most 
functions, but you can also right- 
click and select actions from the 
context menu. You can choose from 
a broad assortment of actions: You 
can acquire images, generate con- 
tact sheets, create photo albums for 
the Web, create slide shows, e-mail 
photos, and adjust image properties. 




You won't mistake ACDSee for a full-blown 
image-editing program, but you could use it to 
crop, rotate, add filter effects, and adjust levels, 
contrast, and color balance. These functions 
aren't elaborate, but they are sufficient for 
quick adjustments. The upside is that novices 
won't be confused by a profusion of toolbars. 
We were disappointed with the slide-show 
maker, however. We couldn't save a slide 
show as a stand-alone presentation and send 
it; we could only view the sequence locally. 

ACDSee's speed is impressive. Even on an 
old 266MHz Pentium II, thumbnails appeared 
almost instantly, and we rarely saw more than 

a 2-second delay for 
any function to 
complete. 

ACDSee should not 
be confused with an 
image-collection orga- 
nizer such as Canto's 
Cumulus; you can't 
assemble albums from 
files in different loca- 



EDITORS RATING 8.2 



RATED I TO 10 

EASE OF USE 9 

FEATURE SET 8 

PERFORMANCE 7 

SERVICE AND SUPPORT 8 

VALUE 9 

Exceptionally easy to use; 

good feature set; fast oper- 
ation, even on older systems 
r^l Limited image-adjustment 

feature 



tools; useless slide-show 



product: ACDSee 3.1 
company: ACD Systems 
Saanichton, BC, Canada 
800-579-5309, 250-544-6700 
www.acdsystems.com 
requires: PC: 10MB hard 
drive space; Windows 95, 98, 
2000, Me, or NT 4.0. Macintosh. 
6MB hard drive space; Macintosh 
OS 8.6 or later 

direct price: Windows: 
$49.95 (download), $59.95 (CD). 
Mac: $29.95 (download), $39.95 
(CD) 



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tions. However, the 

program does let you add descriptions and 
sort the thumbnails. If you're scouting 
around for an inexpensive way to view, print, 
annotate, and mail photos, ACDSee 3.1 is a 
fine choice. —Susan Glinert 



COMPLETE MASTERCOOK SUITE 6.0 
FEATURING BETTY CROCKER 



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YOU PROBABLY DON'T NEED SOFTWARE TO KEEP 
your recipes organized, but SierraHome's latest version 
of MasterCook does a lot more than coordinate your yel- 
lowed newspaper clippings and scrawled index cards. You can use 
it to import and scale recipes, generate nutritional analyses, and 
create customized shopping lists. 

MasterCook's 6,500-plus recipes are organized into "cookbooks": 
nine from Betty Crocker, 

r 



more than a dozen from 
SierraHome's MasterCook 
library, and any number of 
My Cookbook files for 
recipes of your own. You 
can copy and paste, or click 
and drag, to move recipes 
among cookbooks. You can 
also import data from the 
Internet. 

Installation is, well, a 
piece of cake, as long as 
you don't choose the 
Minimum option. (It does 



not copy the cookbooks to your hard drive or 
provide an easy way to access them on the 
CD.) If you really need to save hard drive 
space, skip the how-to QuickTime videos. 

With so many recipes, you'll need 
MasterCook's solid search function. Instead 
of opening each cookbook, recipe, or search 
screen in a new window, MasterCook uses a 
browser-like interface, complete with Back 
and Forward buttons. You move from page to 
page within one window, but multiple win- 
dows can be open at the same time. You'll 
also find an Explorer-like Master List view. 
Still, the interface might be overwhelming if 
you simply want to look up a recipe for 

chocolate fondue. It 



EDITORS' RATING 7.4 



RATED I TO 10 

EASE OF USE 6 

FEATURE SET 9 

PERFORMANCE 7 

SERVICE AND SUPPORT 8 

VALUE 7 

Huge recipe library; 
excellent cooking tips and 
analysis features 

Confusing interface; weak 
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more streamlined, 
and the online help 
could do a better 
job of explaining it. 

Additional fea- 
tures abound. If 
you want to delve into the intricacies of 
nutritional analysis, ingredient substitu- 
tion, or recipe scaling, MasterCook and 
Betty Crocker can help. But even if you 
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THOUGH THE TRAVELING ENCYCLOPEDIA 
salesman is long gone, a good set of reference materi- 
'als is still important. For $74.95, Microsoft Corp.'s 
Encarta Reference Suite 2001 puts more than 225,000 

articles, 80,000 sound clips, and 25,000 photos within your grasp. 
At the heart of the suite is 

Encarta Encyclopedia Deluxe 

2001. The articles are written 

in a lively, informative style, 

and the program's clean, 

straightforward interface 

makes it easy to navigate 

Encarta's vast resources. The 

Pinpointer function, for 

instance, lets you use keyword 

phrases or plain-language ques- 
tions to find information. 
Also included on the set's 

seven CDs are a world atlas, a 

dictionary, and the third edition 

of Encarta Africana. (The suite 




is also available on a single DVD-ROM for the 
same price.) Each application shares a browser- 
like interface, so it's easy to switch from one 
program to the next. Unfortunately, this inter- 
face can get crowded with numerous windows 
showing related articles, multimedia clips, and 
Web links. Also, though Microsoft eliminates 
the hassle of swapping CDs by allowing you to 
install the encyclopedia, atlas, and Encarta 
Africana on your hard drive, copying the dictio- 
nary proved tougher; you'll still need the disc 
to access some functions. 

Encarta Reference Suite 2001 does an excep- 
tional job of integrating Internet content. The 

new Web Center lets you 
access more than 20,000 
editorially screened Web 
links, browse a Web 
directory for any topic, 
or freely search the 
Internet. And the new 
Encarta Today feature 
integrates information 
about current events 



EDITORS' RATING 8.8 



RATED I TO 10 

EASE OF USE 8 

FEATURE SET 8 

PERFORMANCE 10 

SERVICE AND SUPPORT 9 

VALUE 9 

Easy-to-understand articles; 

large number of resources; 
good integration of Web content 

Interface can get cluttered; 

dictionary is difficult to 
install on hard drive 



product: Microsoft Encarta 
Reference Suite 2001 
company: Microsoft Corp. 
Redmond, WA; 888-218-5617 
www.encarta.msn.com 
requires: 1 33MHz or faster 
Pentium -class processor; 32MB 
RAM (64MB for Windows 2000); 
215MB hard drive space; Windows 
95, 98, 2000, or Me, or NT 4.0 
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of information makes it a must-have program 
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with a drag-and-drop interface, Macromedia Flash has 
become the leading choice among professional Web 
designers for adding movement and sound to otherwise lifeless Web 
sites. Though Flash 5 is more of an upgrade than a complete over- 
haul, Macromedia has made this excellent program even better. 

Flash 5's most obvious improvement is its reworked interface. 
Like Adobe, Macromedia is 
making the tool-layout, 
menu-structure, and color- 
selection palettes consistent 
across the company's applica- 
tions. Tabbed palettes make 
it easier to select many 
options, and the new 
Launcher Bar lets you quick- 
ly display or hide common 
tool palettes. 

As Web sites become more 
complex, tracking the struc- 
ture of a site becomes more 
difficult. But Flash's new 




Movie Explorer simplifies the task by displaying 
the animation assets as a hierarchy of nested 
objects. For Web sites constructed entirely in 
Flash, the Movie Explorer is almost a necessity 
for searching text, fonts, and symbol names. It's 
also a handy tool for designers who return to a 
project months — or even years — later and need 
a refresher course on the site's components. 
This version lets multiple programmers 
access assets (which Macromedia calls "sym- 
bols") from libraries that are stored separately 
from a project. When you change a shared 
asset, the change automatically ripples through 
all projects that use the asset. Flash 5 also sup- 
ports continuous XML connectivity for e-com- 

merce applications, 
such as shopping 
carts and customer 
surveys. 

Flash is the best 
way to create fast- 
loading animations, 
but it's still a difficult 
program for casual 
Web designers. 
Although Macro- 



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RATED I TO 10 

COMPATIBILITY 8 

IMAGE-EDITING TOOLS 7 

PRODUCTIVITY 8 

SCRIPTING 8 

VALUE 6 

WEB GRAPHICS 8 

Improved interface, includ- 
ing tabbed palettes; better 
sharing and tracking of Flash 
assets; new Launcher Bar 
Difficult to learn; many 
Flash 5 features require 
Flash 5 player; reported incom- 
patibilities with older drivers for 
video cards and Wacom tablets 



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company: Macromedia 
San Francisco, CA 
800-470-7211,415-252-2000 
www.macromedia.com 
requires: 133MHz Pentium- 
class processor (200MHz proces- 
sor recommended); 32MB RAM 
(64MB recommended); 40MB hard 
drive space; Windows 95, 98, Me, 
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may want to check out Any Where Mobile. With Any Where- 
Mobile and a Web connection, the data on your PC is available 
^^ over the Internet. Operating through an SSL secure connec- 
tion with strong encryption, the ser- 
vice lets you access your e-mail, con- 
tacts, files, and even your home's 
appliances via any device with an 
Internet connection. The only require- 
ment is that your home PC have an 
always-on Internet connection. 

AnyWhereMobile's installation 
wizard automatically configures your 
machine. Once installed, the software 
creates a connection to your PC 
when you log in to your AnyWhere- 
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Symantec Corp.'s pcAnywhere, AnyWhere- 
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than running a large client program. 

AnyWhereMobile isn't perfect. For one 
thing, your files may look garbled. When you 
view a document or image, it's converted to a 
format that's compatible with the connecting 
device, so if you use a Palm VII, you get a 
compact Palm-compatible image. You'll need 

to tweak your sys- 
tem setup and 
MAPI settings for 
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RATED I TO 10 

EASE OF USE 6 

FEATURE SET 9 

PERFORMANCE 7 

SERVICE AND SUPPORT 5 

VALUE 8 

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your e-mail, contacts, 
calendar, and files in real time 

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useful and useless information. Wouldn't it be great if 
you could design your own travel guide, tailored to 

your interests and the places you'll be visiting? That's the idea 

behind Booktailor, a U.K. -based service that assembles personalized 

travel books. 

The site walks you through 

the five-step building process 

with helpful instructions. First, 

personalize the tome with a title 

and cover color. You can also 

add a dedication or opt for gift 

wrapping. Next, choose one or 

more destinations. At press 

time, Booktailor offered only a 

dozen, though more were 

planned. You can select, say, all 

of Italy, or certain cities, such as 

Rome and Paris. 

From there, you pick topics of 

interest, ranging from food and 

drink to history to shopping. 




Booktailor then lists the articles and book 
excerpts (culled from sources such as Frommer's 
and Lonely Planet) that match your choices, 
allowing you to preview and remove selections 
you don't want. There's some overlap in the 
content, and it's easy to hit the maximum book 
size if you have multiple destinations. 

Finally, Booktailor displays your table of 
contents, estimated page count, and final price. 
The latter is presented in British pounds. 
According to the company, which plans to add 
a U.S.-based operation by the end of 2000, the 
books will range from $14.99 to $49.99, 
depending on the number of pages. 

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FEATURE SET 4 

PERFORMANCE 6 

SERVICE AND SUPPORT 8 

VALUE 6 

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about a week to arrive. 
Our sample book on 
Venice came packed 
with useful informa- 
tion, but it could have used some illustra- 
tions or photos to break up the text. Subject 
dividers would have been welcome, too. 

Nevertheless, Booktailor has potential. 
The site makes ordering simple. With more 
destinations, better support for U.S. cus- 
tomers, and some organizational improve- 
ments to the books themselves, Booktailor 
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It's the 1 930s, an age of aerial 
swashbucklers and dramatic air bat- 
tles between zeppelins. Well, not in our 
reality, but that's the way life is in the 




universe of Crimson Skies — along with 
stunts, last-second rescues, and duels 
that make classic movie serials look like 
serious documentaries. 

You're Nathan Zachary, a debonair 
air pirate out to right some wrongs, and 
of course, rake in some cash along the 
way. Along with your Fortune Hunters 
squadron, you'll launch from the zeppelin 
Pandora on missions involving midair 
combat, stunt flying, and daring rescues. 

Those with a fear of flight sims need 
not worry. Although the game has 
enough sim elements to keep fans of the 
genre happy, the focus is on action, not 
realism. The aircraft are easy to handle, 
and you'll be flying circles around the 
bad guys in no time. Once you earn 
some cash, you can even select custom 
paint jobs and equipment for your plane. 

The missions are a blast. You'll attack 



NHL 2001 



enemy zeppelins, save starlets and scien- 
tists, and engage in plenty of dogfights. 
Unfortunately, mission difficulty is all over 
the map; some are ridiculously easy, oth- 
ers take 10 attempts to win. (Thankfully, 
you can skip a mission if you fail it three 
times.) Also, some system configurations 
may lead to lockups or lost saved 
games, but a patch is available to fix 
this problem. 

Still, these are minor com- 
plaints. With its terrific graphics 
and near-perfect voice-overs, 
Crimson Skies packs more pure 
entertainment than any flight game 
in years. 

—Denny Atkin 
(Microsoft Corp.; $44.99; 
www.microsoft.com/games) 



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If you're not feeling the need for 
speed and you've had enough mid- 
town madness, perhaps you're ready for 
racing on a smaller scale. Sierra 
Attractions' Radio Control Racers 
Deluxe: Traxxas Edition takes you to 
farms, backyards, amusement parks, 
and other wacky locales to test your 
mettle with radio-controlled cars. 

Though easy to dismiss as a cute 
game intended for kids, RC Racers can 
be fun for grown-ups, too. You choose 



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It's quickly obvious that this is not your typical "more missions and a 
few new units" expansion pack. The Conquerors Expansion adds funda- 
« mental improvements to Age of Empires ll's gameplay that make it 
'^ worth owning even if you 
haven't finished the original campaigns. 

The core gameplay — conquering the 
world across epochs ranging from the Dark 
Ages to the Age of Imperialism — hasn't 
changed, but the pack provides new arenas 
in which to battle. The addition of the Aztecs, 
Mayans, and Spanish lets you relive the brutal 
conquests of the Americas. The new Korean 
civilization has strong naval units, and the 
Huns attempt victory through sheer numbers. 

These five new civilizations also bring new technologies to the table, making for 
fresh twists in skirmish and multiplayer games. Moreover, The Conquerors boasts the 
series' most finely crafted campaigns, putting you in command as Attila the Hun, El 
Cid, or Aztec emperor Montezuma. New multiplayer options, meanwhile, include King 
of the Hill, the all-against-one Defend the Wonder, and even a nonviolent race to be 
the first to build a Wonder. 

But the best improvements are also the most subtle. You can queue up extra 
farms, for example, so you won't have to abandon battles to concentrate on micro- 
managing farmers. Villagers are also much smarter: Tell them to build a mining camp 
next to a pile of gold, and they begin mining once the building is complete. Such 
tweaks alone make The Conquerors Expansion a must-have; the excellent new cam- 
paigns and civilizations are just a welcome bonus. — D.A. 
(Microsoft Corp.; $54.95; www.microsoft.com/games) 



one of four cars, each with six available 
paint jobs and minor strengths and weak- 
nesses. You can also customize the cars' 
colors using a built-in editor. The game's 
1 4 colorful and diverse tracks are riddled 
with amusing obstacles such as bomb- 
throwing lawn gnomes, electrifying water 
puddles, and attack chickens. 



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EDITORS' RATING 8.4 



n the PC-hockey arena, EA Sports is competing with 
itself. The company's latest, NHL 2001, is another mas- 
terpiece, albeit one that's only marginally better than NHL 
2000. New teams, more customization features, and 
enhanced Al are among the highlights this time out — as 
they were last year. 

NHL 2001 features all 30 NHL teams and 20 interna- 
tional teams, each 
with beautifully f 
motion-captured 
players who look 
more realistic than 
ever. Whether you 
play a quick game, 
complete season, 
career, playoff, or 
tournament, NHL 
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Of IC6 score. We found the changes 

subtle at best; the gameplay 
seemed quite similar to that of NHL 2000. 

Nevertheless, NHL 2001 is great fun for action fans and 
wannabe managers alike. For the former, EA has upgraded 
the Face in the Game feature, which lets you paste a 
scanned photo of your face onto a player's body. Now, you 
can create an entire team, complete with custom jerseys 
and logos. Career management has been improved as well, 
allowing more in-depth interaction with player trades, draft 

picks, free agents, and the like. And multiplayer 

| games still rock, whether on a LAN or the EA.com 
online hosting service. 

NHL 2001 is even more cinematic than its pre- 
decessors, with TV-like instant replays, real-time 
color commentary, and close-up shots of idle play- 
ers. The game's interface still needs work, howev- 
er, as does the woefully incomplete documenta- 
tion. But those quirks can't diminish this phenom- 
enal hockey experience. —R.B. 
(EA Sports; $39.95; nhl2001.ea.com) 



You can race against the computer, 
play head to head with a friend in split- 
screen mode, or compete in a single- 
player circuit race to earn cash and 
upgrades. There's also a soccer game, 
in which you try to push the ball into the 
opposing goal, and another game, Battle 
Ball, which challenges you to push balls 
into a scoring pit. These nonracing 
games are RC Racers' best multiplayer 
options, but it's too bad the game has 
no provisions for competing online. 

RC Racers' system requirements are 
minimal (a 200MHz CPU is more than 
adequate), as is the learning curve, mak- 
ing it a great choice for kids and hand- 
me-down systems. Adult players are like- 
ly to tire of it fairly quickly, but the game 
is fun while it lasts, and a fond reminder 
of the joys of radio-controlled racing. 

—Rick Broida 
(Sierra Attractions; $29.95; 
gregor.sierra.com/3dultra/rcracers) 



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Instead, provide only the informa- 
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or charge card is used fraudulently, 
you are normally liable for only 
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Cash payments are increasingly 
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a dispute. 

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ducts customer surveys and publishes 
ratings for categories such as quality 
of merchandise, quality of customer 
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Auction sites such as eBay 
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section, where purchasers can com- 
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Before you finalize a purchase, proof- 
read your order form. Typos, such as 
typing "22" instead of "2," can be 
costly mistakes. If your shipping 
address differs from your billing 
address, there is no way for the ven- 
dor to confirm its accuracy, so dou- 
ble-check it yourself. You should also 
make sure that the pricing informa- 
tion you see onscreen is absolutely 
current and not an old price from a 
page that was cached on your system 
during a previous visit. 



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Delivery Dace 



The seller should inform you of an 
approximate delivery date. Federal 
Trade Commission rules state that 
if the seller does not specify a time 
period in which the product will 
be shipped, the merchant must 
either ship the product within 30 
days, or notify you of the delay 
and offer to cancel the order and 
refund your money. 



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1 pposiems 



If you do experience a problem 
with an online purchase, notify the 
company immediately. Check the 
Web site for a toll-free phone 
number, an e-mail address, or 
links to customer service. If 
the companyitself does not 
resolve the problem, contact 
the Better Business Bureau 
(www.bbbonline.org), the 
Federal Trade Commission at 



www.ftc.gov/ftc/complaint.htm, 

or your state attorney general's 
office (www.naag.org). 

save Dime 
& money 

O Charge It 

Don't pay by check: Always use a 
credit card or e-cash whenever you 
buy online. 

Look for Seals 

Look for seals of approval — from 
Yahoo, TRUSTe, and the Better 
Business Bureau. These ensure that 
the company is legitimate and that 
your personal information will be 
protected. 

© Get Help 

When you have questions, use 
online customer-service support 
features, including online chat and 
voice-over-IP functions, as well as 
toll-free numbers. 



O Buy Big 

Consider buying smaller items such 
as printer toner cartridges, 
diskettes, Zip disks, and cables in 
volume to save money. 

Save and Print 

Save a copy of your online order 
receipt by saving the Web page 
locally. For extra security, print it 
out. 

Clip and Save 

Almost all vendors offer coupons 
and rebates, but few consumers 
bother to find them. 

© Track Your Delivery 

Pay attention to shipping infor- 
mation and options to learn 
when your order is supposed to 
arrive. If at all possible, get a 
tracking number. 

© Buy Used 

Check closeout or refurbished 
product sections. These often 
include amazing bargains. Just make 
sure they include some sort of 
warranty. 

© Search Smart 

Use bots, or automated search 
engines, to compare prices 
among resellers. But be aware of 
possible bias — some bots are 
hosted by sites that also sell 
products. 

© Be Specific 

If you know the name and model 
number, enter them for much 



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Topnotch technology for the 
best price when you buy before 

January 15, 2001 



Buy direct now at 1-800-249-9930 or shoptoshiba.com. 



Buy now and get three years of 




WorldNet 9 Service 



starting at only 



Speakers 
Included! 



A$18ff 

AT&T 

WorldNet 

Service 

Value 



$899 




TOSHIBA 






Here's what you get: 

• Six individual email accounts 

• 1 50 hours per month of 24/7 web access 

• 5MB of personal web page hosting 

• World-class 24/7 AT&T technical support 



Affordable price and a great value! 

V3100 desktop, Intel Celeron 600MHz, 64MB, 20BB hard drive, 

CD-ROM, 15" (13.9" viewable) monitor, AT&T WorldNet Service. 

Loaded with Microsoft Windows 98 SE and Microsoft Works 2000. 

«» nam (AT&TKIT3) $ 999 

Upgrade to 17" (16 "viewable) monitor! (AT&TKIT4) $1,099 

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1 Blazing performance at an awesome price! 

—3^ ^^^ jfl^V m V330 ° desktop, Intel Pentium III 733MHz, 128MB, 20BB hard drive, 

CD-ROM, 15" (13.9" viewable) monitor, AT&T WorldNet Service. 
Loaded with Microsoft Windows 98 SE and Microsoft Works 2000. 

V3100 desktop, Intel Celeron 566MHz, 64MB, 10BB hard drive, AW (AT&TKIT5) $1,199 

1 5" (1 3.9" viewable) monitor, AT&T WorldNet Service. Loaded Jt Upgrade to 1 T (16 - view able) monitor! (AT&TKIT6) $1 ,299 

with Microsoft Windows 98 SE and Microsoft Works® 2000. 
(AT&TKIT1) $899 

upgrade to 17 "(16" viewable) monitor! ^W Value, performance and the freedom to move! 

(AT&TKIT2) $999^ Satellite 2800 portable computer and AT&T WorldNet Service. Loaded with 

Microsoft Windows SE and Lotus® SmartSuite® 
(PS280U-8GL50601) $1 .599 



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Includes Windows 98 Second Edition— the home version of the world's favorite software. *As a new customer of 
AT&T WorldNet Service, you must provide a credit card number which was either issued in your name or one for 
which you are an authorized user on the account. Additional toll charges, taxes and fees may apply. $0.99 charge 
per hour over 150 hours per month. Consult AT&T WorldNet Service user agreement for more information. 



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The Satellite Series is 
value, performance and 
multimedia wrapped in 
an all-in-one design. 

The Satellite Series is perfect for the novice 
user or the seasoned business professional. 
These versatile portables let you play the latest 
CDs or DVDs on the road or in the office. 
The Satellite Series comes preloaded with 
VirtualTechT Toshiba's exclusive built-in 
learning and e-support tool that will keep you 
up and running wherever you are. Other 
features include 8Xmax. DVD-ROM, 6.0 billion 
byte hard drive and built-in diskette drive. 
Order by phone or buy direct by visiting 
shoptoshiba.com today! 



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Essential Accessories" Pack 



• Satellite CarryAII Case 

• DEFCON CL notebook cable lock 

• Mini-mouse 

• Retractable telephone cable 





Buy the Satellite 2800 and get a free 
"Essential Accessories" pack when you 
order by January 15, 2001. ( see details at mq 

Satellite® 2800 

Mobile Intel® Celeron™ processor 650MHz, 64MB SDRAM, 6.0BB hard drive, floppy 
diskette drive, 13.3" dia. TFT active-matrix display, 10/100 Ethernet and V.90/K56flex 
modem ports, 8X max. DVD-ROM, S3® Savage/IX" graphics controller, and a booming 
subwoofer One-year warranty 2 on parts, labor and battery, including VirtualTech and 
toll-free 24/7 technical support. 



PS280U-8G5L06 Microsoft® Windows® Millennium 



$1,599 



Includes Windows Millennium Edition — the home version of the world's favorite software. 



Accessories 



PORT-Noteworthy® Black Backpack 

• Two outside front pockets; twin side pockets 

• Accessory pocket; business-folder 
compartment 

• Computer compartment with removable 
Vpad 

• Inside sleeve pocket; outside 3-section 
file divider 

• Outside organizational pocket with small 
zipper pocket 

NWCC13440 $79 



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Battery Pack 

Add extended power capabilities to your 
portable computer with additional battery 
packs. (Batteries shown with optional charger.) 

PA2487URG $199 

AC Adapter 

Whether you need an extra or a replacement, 
these AC adapters will keep your portable 
computer powered up and ready to go. 

PA2450U (45-watt, for Satellite 2250XCDS) $79 

PA3048U-1ACA (60-watt, for Satellite 2800) . . . $99 









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CD/DVD Controls 

Great design for one-touch 

ease of skip, repeat, forward 

or play functions. 




Built-in 

Subwoofer Speakers 

Complete stereo sound system 

with booming audio for a rich 

multimedia experience. 



The Satellite 2250XCDS is very portable and very affordable. 
Buy now and save! 

Satellite 2250XCDS 

Mobile Intel Celeron processor 600MHz, 64MB SDRAM, 6.0BB hard drive, 13"dia. Color bright dual-scan display, integrated 
V.90/K56flex modem, Trident Cyber9525" graphics controller, built-in 24X max. CD-ROM, and Toshiba sound system. One-year 
warranty 2 on parts, labor and battery, including VirtualTech and toll-free 24/7 technical support. 

$1,199 



PS225U-M91 J08 Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition 
PS225U-N91J08 12.Vdia. TFT active-matrix display . . 



$1,299 



Includes Windows 98 Second Edition — the home versbn of the world's favorite software. 



Satellite Series Upgrades & Extensions 



Protect your investment and extend your warranty from one year to three 
years for only $199 (XSBV304). 

Or upgrade your one-year warranty to the ultimate ship-in repair solution: 
Notebook Depot Express Service for only $39 (XSBV136). 

Accidents can happen when you're on the move. Get SystemGuard"* 
coverage with Notebook Depot Express Service for three years for $359 
(XSBSG336). 

Many more coverage options are available online at www.shoptoshiba.com. 



*SystemGuard must be purchased within 10 days of system purchase to be valid. 
Covers one system repair per year of coverage. 



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Buy direct now. Offers end January 15, 2001 



The Satellite Pro 4300 
Series offers burning 
multimedia that won't 
leave a hole in your 
pocket 

Kick it up a notch with the Satellite Pro 4300 
Series. Perfect for high-end graphics, web 
design, and playing the latest DVDs or CDs. 
Enjoy topnotch options like a 15" dia. active- 
matrix display, 700MHz processor speeds, 
booming built-in stereo speakers and the 
power of Windows 2000 Professional. Each 
of these multimedia mavericks is dockable so 
you can plug right into your full-sized monitor, 
keyboard, mouse, speakers and anything 
else you rely on back at the office. 




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Buy a Satellite Pro 4300 today and get 0% financing when 
you buy by January 15, 2001. 

Satellite Pro® 4300 

Mobile Intel Pentium® III processor featuring Intel SpeedStep 1 " technology 700MHz, 64MB SDRAM, 12.0BB hard disk drive, diskette drive 
15" dia. active-matrix display, integrated V90/K56flex modem, S3 Savage/IX graphics controller with 8MB video RAM and 2XAGP bus 
6X max. DVD-ROM. One-year warranty 2 on parts, labor and battery, including VirtualTech and toll-free 24/7 technical support. 

PS436U-3Q1 538 Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition $2 199 

0% EasyLease: $73.30 per month^ 

PS436U-3Q1 560 Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional $2 299 

Satellite Pro 4300 0% EasyLease: $76.64 per' 'month* 

Mobile Intel Pentium III processor featuring Intel SpeedStep technology 650MHz, 64MB SDRAM, 12.0BB hard disk drive, diskette drive 
14. V'dia. active-matrix display, integrated V.90/K56flex modem, S3 Savage/IX graphics controller with 8MB video RAM and 2XAGP bus 
6X max. DVD-ROM. One-year warranty 2 on parts, labor and battery, including VirtualTech and toll-free 24/7 technical support. 



PS434U-3N1 538 Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition 

PS434U-3N1 560 Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional 
Toshiba recommends Windows 2000 Professional for business. 



$1,999 

0% EasyLease: $66.64 per month^ 

$2,099 

0% EasyLease: $69.97 per monttf 




Order now and take advantage of Toshiba's 

program. 0% financing for 30 months! 

Call ShopToshiba at 1-800-249-9930 for more information. 

f Thirty (30) month 0% lease offer available through Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. ("Toshiba") to qualified commercial business customers only (subject to credit approval; not all business 
customers may qualify). Subject to acceptable lease documentation and other terms as may be required by Toshiba. Minimum Toshiba order to qualify for 0% lease offer is $3,000; maximum 
order is $25,000 per customer. This offer applies to Toshiba computer products only. Tax, shipping and handling do not count toward the $3,000 minimum. Applications must be received by 
December 31 , 2000, and funded by January 1 5, 2001 . Offer valid in the U.S. only. Offer may be withdrawn or changed without notice or obligation. Lease rates quoted do not include applicable 
taxes or shipping. Fair Market Value Lease does not provide automatic ownership or any acquisition of equity in the leased equipment. At the end of the lease term, the lessee has the following options: 
purchase the equipment for fair market value as determined by lessor, extend the lease for fair market value as determined by lessor, or return the equipment to lessor. No 1 5-day returns on previous 
orders; not valid on past orders or leases. Regular shipping terms do not apply. 




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Built-in DVD! 

No external 
hardware needed. 







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Built-in Speakers! 

Complete stereo sound system 
for a rich multimedia experience. 



0% 

Easy Lease on 

select Toshiba 

{systems purchased] 

through 

ShopToshiba 

by 1/15/01. 



Accessories 



Satellite Pro Port Replicator 



Use your Satellite Pro computer 
as a desktop replacement system 
by plugging into the convenience 
of a port replicator. The model 
shown includes serial, parallel, 
video, joystick, keyboard, mouse, 
microphone, headphone, audio 
line-in, audio line-out, AC power 
and two USB ports, as well as 
a security lock slot. 

PA2731U $199 




AC Adapter Included! 



Carry All Case 

• Fits all Toshiba portables. 

• Patented 3-way SafePORT" 

Air Cushion System and PVC/foam 
panels guard against drops and 
side impacts. 

• Four pocket front compartments 
specifically designed to hold drives 
and batteries. 

• Main compartment includes fan 
file for added storage. 

NWCC38440 $89 




Satellite Pro 4300 Series Upgrades & Extensions 



Let service come to YOU! Upgrade your standard warranty to on-site service for only $79 (#SBV10ST). 

You'll have nothing to worry about with three years of SystemGuard* damage protection. Get it for $299 (#SBSGE3). 

Or get the best of both worlds and combine SystemGuard* and on-site service for three years for only $449 (#SBSG30S). 

Check out other coverage options online at www.shoptoshiba.com. 

'SystemGuard must be purchased within 10 days of system purchase to be valid. Covers one system repair per year of coverage. 



ShopToshiba's Terms and Conditions 



©2000 Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. Satellite, Satellite Pro, Portege, Tecra, SelectBay, InTouch, Noteworthy, SelectServ, SystemGuard, EasyLease and VirtualTech are registered trademarks, 
servicemarks or trademarks of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. or Toshiba Corporation. All other products and names mentioned are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved. 

Product descriptions, prices, availability and specifications are subject to change without notice. Offers good while supplies last. 

Approximate value as of the date of this ad. 

A limited warranty statement for Toshiba branded products is included with the documentation for each product shipped to customer. The current warranty statements can be viewed online at: 
www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/supp_warr_selectserv_stdwar.jsp 

Available in the U.S. only. 

See SelectServ sm contract for specific terms and conditions. The current SelectServ contract can be viewed online at www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/supp_warr_selectserv_stdwar.jsp. 

Part number indicates enrollment packet that must be filled out by customer and sent back to Toshiba to activate coverage. 

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 8am-8pm (EST); Saturday 7am-4pm (EST); Sunday closed. 

See complete terms and conditions of sale at: www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/pd/pd_popwindow.jsp?text=salesConditions 

Prices and configurations shown are only available from ShopToshiba directly. Prices shown do not include shipping and handling and applicable sales/use taxes. ShopToshiba is not liable for typographical 
errors or omissions. 



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The Portege 3480CT. 
The world's most 
advanced water-cooled 
ultraportable. 

Not only is the Portege 34S0CT high-performance 
portable computer light enough to go with you 
wherever you need to go, it's also very cool. 
Literally! Now no matter how fast and furious 
things get, you and your Portege 3480CT stay 
cool, calm and collected. And at less than 1" 
thin and weighing in at only 3.4 pounds, 
it won't cause you to break a sweat as you 
maintain your busy schedule. 

Super-Cooling 
Technology! 

The faster your computer processor is, the 
more heat it generates. To alleviate this issue 
without compromising speed, performance or 
ultraportability, Toshiba has developed Super- 
Cooling Technology. 

• When the CPU gets hot, water inside the 
copper tube vaporizes. 

• The steam is then moved to a cooler part 
of the machine. 

• An aluminum plate dissipates the heat. 
When the vapor cools, it returns to the 
CPU heat sink and starts the cooling 
process again. 

Toshiba is the first to incorporate several heat- 
dissipation solutions in the same laptop. 








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Ultrathin, ultralight, ultraportable! 

Portege® 3480CT 

Mobile Intel Pentium III processor featuring Intel SpeedStep technology 600MHz, 
64MB SDRAM, 1 2. OBB hard drive, 11.3' dia. TFT active-matrix display, integrated 
V.90 modem, S3 Savage/IX video controller with 8MB memory, and the latest 
Super-Cooling Technology, and only 1 " thin and 3.4 lbs. light. One-year warranty 2 
on parts, labor and battery, including toll-free 24/7 technical support. Does not 
include CD-ROM/DVD-ROM. Available separately. 

PP348U-4PU82 Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition $2,299 

0% EasyLease: $76.64 per month* 

PP348U-4PU86 Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional $2,399 

0% EasyLease: $79.97 per month* 

Toshiba recommends Windows 2000 Professional for business. 



3480CT and 7220CTe Accessories 



PORT-Noteworthy Portable DVD/CD-ROM 
PC Card Drive 

For the mobile professional who needs to use CD or DVD media anywhere. 
Powered through the PC Card slot or from the PS/2® power cable and has 
"Plug and Play" operation. 

NWDVD01 $399 

PORT-Noteworthy Slimline 24X Max. CD-ROM 
PC Card Drive 

Weighing in at less than one pound, this is a truly portable CD-ROM solution. 
Powered from the Notebook PC Card slot, with easy PC Card Type I or 
Type II connection and has "Plug and Play" operation. 

NW24XCD $199 



Portege 3000 Series Upgrades & Extensions' 



Extend your warranty from one year to three years for 
only $199! (XSBP3304). 

Both extend and upgrade your coverage with three years 
of Notebook Depot Express Service for $259 (XSBP3336). 

Or, for just $100 more, add SystemGuard* damage 
protection coverage: $359 (XSBSG336). 



*SystemGuard must be purchased within 10 days of system 
purchase to be valid. Covers one system repair per year of 
coverage. 



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(Model PDR-M5 shown) 



Great camera, great price! 

Buy a Toshiba 2. 1 megapixel digital camera. 

Extra battery and a carrying case included — $90 value! 

Camera package includes USB, serial, and video-out cables; software; 
8MB SmartMedia card; a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery, an AC adapter, 
and two manuals. 

PDR-M4-BNDL $399.99 

PDR-M5-BNDL $499.99 



0% 

Easy Lease on 

select Toshiba 

{systems purchased 

through 

ShopToshiba 

by 1/15/01. 



Lightweight chassis with heavyweight 
performance! 

It's high-performance time. The presentation is polished, your flight was on time 
and the boardroom is filled to capacity. The last thing you have to worry about 
is your Portege portable computer. It's a road warrior just like you and performs 
at the top of its game whether it's time to work or time to shine. 



Put a winner in your 

Portege 7220CTe 

Mobile Intel Pentium III processor featuring Intel SpeedStep technology 650MHz, 
64MB SDPAM, 12.0BB hard drive with EIDEATA-4 interface, 13.3" dia. TFT active-matrix 
display, integrated V90/K56flex modem, S3 Savage/IX8" video controller with 8MB memory 
and AGP bus, and only 1 " thin and 4.8 lbs. light. Three-year warranty 2 on parts and 
labor (one year on battery) including toll-free 24/7 technical support. Does not include 
CD-ROM/DVD-ROM. Available separately. 



PP722U-7D90N Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition 



PP722U-7D90W Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional 



$2,699 

0% EasyLease: $89.97 per month^ 

$2,799 



0% EasyLease: $93.30 per month^ 



Toshiba recommends Windows 2000 Professional for business. 




3480CT and 7220CTe Accessories 



Portege 7220CTe DVD Network Dock II 
with AC Adapter 

Add a DVD-ROM and 10/100 BaseT Ethernet capability 
and stereo speakers with acoustic sound chambers to your 
Portege. Dock supports the following ports: parallel, serial, network 
RJ-45, video, two USB, PS/2 keyboard. PS/2 mouse, DC-in, diskette 
drive and security lock slot, and network management capabilities 
are enabled through Wake-On-LAN" and Alert-On-LAN support. 

PA3007U-1DST $649 

AC Adapter Included! 
Portege 3480CT Lithium Ion High-Capacity Battery 

When used along with the primary battery, this high-capacity 
battery gives you longer-lasting power. 

PA3039U-1BRL (high-capacity battery) $459 




Portege 7000 Series Upgrades & Extensions 



Upgrade your warranty coverage with three years of fast 
Notebook Depot Express Service for only $99 (HSBP336). 

Or get both SystemGuard* and Notebook Depot Express 
Service for $199 (XSBSG3336). 

On-site service available for three years for just $199 
(XSBPOST)- 



*SystemGuard must be purchased within 10 days of system 
purchase to be valid. Covers one system repair per year of 
coverage. 



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Buy direct now. Offers end January 15, 2001. 

Call 1-800-249-9930 or buy direct at shoptoshiba.com 






The Tecra Series 
powers the people 
that power business. 

PC Magazine Editor's Choice Awards 
—PC Magazine, 1/7/00 

The Tecra line is a favorite for businesses on the move 
because these portables are designed around a 
single platform and system image to offer flexibility, 
easy manageability and painless upgrades. Available 
in custom configurations that meet individual 
corporate requirements. For additional flexibility, 
check out the SelectBay expansion that allows you 
to quickly connect or disconnect hard disk drives, 
a CD-ROM drive and even an optional second battery. 
A consistent image, motherboard, chipset, memory 
subsystem, BIOS, graphics and audio/video controller 
mean consistency across the board. 





The ultimate portable 
projecting solution! 

TDP-P3 Projector 

Toshiba's TDP-P3 projector weighs only 4.8 lbs., so 
it's the natural choice for taking on the road with you. 
XGA 1024 x 768 resolution. Carrying case included. 

TDP-P3-US $4,300 

0% EasyLease: $143.34 per month^ 



to go the distance! 

Tecra® 8100 

Mobile Intel Pentium III processor featuring Intel SpeedStep technology 
700MHz, 64MB SDRAM, 1 2. OBB hard drive, 14.1" dia. TFT active-matrix 
display, integrated V.90/K56flex modem, 8 SelectBay options, including an 
FDD, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, a battery, HDD, LS120, Zip" drive or a space 
saver for maximum expandability. Three-year parts and labor warranty 2 
(battery covered for one year) and toll-free 24/7 technical support. 

PT810U-16CF7 Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional $2,899 

0% EasyLease: $96.63 per month^ 

PT810U-18CF2 Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition (750MHz) $3,099 

0% EasyLease: $103.30 per month 1 
PT810U-ECC57 .^ 

Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional (850MHz, 256MB SDRAM, 20BB HDD) . . . $3,799 

0% EasyLease: $126.63 per month* 

Toshiba recommends Windows 2000 Professional for business. 



Tecra Accessories 



NetDock Port Replicator 

Includes a network adapter and all the expected 
I/O ports. If you need PCI slots and standard 
5 1/4 " bays, you can attach the NetDock to a 
larger expansion base. 



PA3017U-1PRP. 



$299 




SelectBay Options 

The Tecra SelectBay slot allows rapid swapping of the devices you use 
most, including DVD-ROM, CD-ROM, additional HDD,* secondary battery, 
Zip 250MB drive, LS120, diskette drive and space saver! 

' Requires adapter tray. 



Tecra Series Upgrades & Extensions 



Upgrade your Tecra warranty with three years of fast 
Notebook Depot Express Service for just $99 (XSBT336). 

Or add SystemGuard** accidental damage coverage 
for full protection for $199 (XSBSG3336). 

On-site service also available for three years for only $199 
(XSBTOST). 



"SystemGuard must be purchased within 10 days of system 
purchase to be valid. Covers one system repair per year of 
coverage. 



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SHOPPERS' 
CHOICE 






by Don Labriola and David English 

nyone who reads Computer Shopper on a regular basis 
already knows what we consider the best computer prod- 
ucts, services, and places to buy gear. But once a year we 
turn the tables and ask you, our readers, to tell us about 
your preferences. By voting for your favorites in our annu- 
al Shoppers' Choice survey, you provide valuable feedback from the front lines. 

This year's awards feature a streamlined new format that reflects the increasingly Web- 
centric direction that Shopper — and the industry in general — has moved in over the last 12 
months. We've boiled down our Best Computer Systems section to six categories that range 
from Performance Desktops to PDAs /Palmtop-Size PCs. Last year's 16 Best Peripherals 
awards have been reduced to a more manageable nine categories that include new product 
classes such as Home-Network Cards and Portable MP3 Players. 

Software MP3 Players have replaced the aging Graphics and Design Application catego- 
ry in our Best Software section, and our Best Places to Buy awards now include entries for 
Communications Products, PDAs, and Web Appliances. 

We've also added a special award for Best Web-Based Service, and have split our Best New 
Product category into four separate awards for Most Innovative Hardware, Most Innovative 
Software, Best Overall Place to Buy, and Best Overall Service and Support. 

The final result is a sweeping survey that spans 35 categories of computer- related prod- 
ucts and services, and provides an unparalleled look into the minds of some of the most reli- 
able experts in the field — you. 

Computer Shopper • computershopper.com • JANUARY 2001 



© 



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PERFORMANCE 

DESKTOP 

DELL DIMENSION XPS B 



®ell Computer Corp. began an 
impressive winning streak in this 
year's polling by earning the Best 
Performance PC 



Dell Dimension XPS B 
Dell Computer Corp. 

Round Rock, TX 

800-953-7611,512-338-4400 
www.dell.com 
Approximate Price Range: 

$1,599 to $5,400 ffHD 



award for its 
blazingly fast 
Dimension XPS B 
line. Packed with 
top-shelf technolo- 
gies such as 1GHz Pentium III processors, 
up to 500MB of next-generation RDRAM, 
4x AGP graphics, and a 133MHz front-side 
bus, the computers in the XPS B series are 



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some of the fastest 
Windows machines on the 
market. 

They're also some of 
the most flexible, thanks 
to Dell's superior selection 
of top-notch components 
and options, which 
includes 80GB hard drives, 
2 1 -inch Trinitron and 1 7-inch flat-panel dis- 
plays, state-of-the-art 64MB GeForce2 GTS 
graphics boards, and 12x DVD-ROM 
drives. Equally impressive is Dell's quick 
build-to-order policy and comprehensive 
customer-support programs, which offer 
the best selection of service, warranty, and 




training options in the industry. 

As we went to press, Dell was about to 
retire the XPS B series name in favor of the 
new 8100 series. The 8100 line features a 
new, stylish black and silver case (pictured 
here), but maintains its predecessor's 
penchant for the cutting edge. 



VALUE DESKTOP PC 
DELL DIMENSION L 



®ell also scored in the Value 
Desktop category with its 
highly expandable line of 
Dimension L systems. Despite 
their low prices, Dimension L PCs 
can be configured with a variety of 
high-end components, such as 
19-inch Sony Trinitron monitors, 
IEEE 1394 (Fire Wire) interfaces, 
and 8x/4x/32x CD-RW drives. 
All L-series motherboards fea- 
ture inte- 






Dell Dimension L 
Dell Computer Corp. 
Round Rock, TX 

800-953-7611,512-338-4400 
www.dell.com 
Approximate Price Range: 
$539 to $2,550 €ZEEO 



grated 
Ethernet 
interfaces, 
sound 
capabili- 
ties, and AGP graphics, as well as 
566MHz Celeron or 733MHz 
Pentium III CPUs. Celeron-based 
Dimension L566cx models start at 
less than $550, with a typical 
Windows Me configuration run- 
ning about $800. Bare-bones ver- 
sions of the Pentium ill-based 
Dimension L733 cost less than 
$900, but adding options such as 
CD-RW and Zip drives, a 19-inch 
monitor, 512MB of SDRAM, and a 
30GB hard drive can push the price 
over $2,500. 

The bottom line is that almost 
any Dimension L configuration 
will deliver good value for the 
money — a fact that evidently 
wasn't lost on Computer Shopper 
readers this year. 




BUSINESS DESKTOP PC 
DELL 0PTIPLEX GX 



®t would be nearly impossible 
for one computer to handle 
the wide range of applications 
required by businesses today, so it's 
no surprise that our readers chose Dell's 
entire OptiPlex GX line as their favorite 
Business Desktop PC. 

The exceptionally broad GX line con- 
tains five models that range from Celeron- 
based GX100 value systems up to the high- 
performance 
Pentium III- 
based GX300. 
Businesses 
that need 
only basic- 
black Internet 
or word-pro- 
cessing work- 
stations can 
get away for 



Dell OptiPlex GX 
Dell Computer Corp. 

Round Rock, TX 

800-953-7611,512-338-4400 
www.dell.com 
Approximate Price Range: 
$735 to $5,200 CTTTO 




as little as $735 by choosing 
a GX100 equipped with 
64MB of RAM, a 7GB hard 
drive, 100Mbps Ethernet, 
and a 1 5-inch monitor. But 
even the most demanding 
applications will run well on a top-of-the- 
line GX300 loaded with 512MB of 
RDRAM, a 40GB hard drive, an 8x/4x/32x 
CD-RW, a SuperDisk LS-120 drive, 32MB of 
graphics RAM, and an optional \ 7 -Inch flat- 
panel display — all for less than $5,000. 

Factor in 
Dell's out- 
standing selec- 
tion of instal- 
lation, train- 
ing, and main- 
tenance ser- 
vices, and you 
have a choice 
that can't be 
beat. 






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NOTEBOOK PC 
DELL INSPIRON 



®ur readers also voted Dell's 
Inspiron line to be the best note- 
book of the year. The current four- 
model lineup ranges from the Celeron- 
based Inspiron 3800 value system — 
which can be purchased for as little as 
$1,299 with a 12.1 -inch SVGA display 
and 5GB hard drive — to the awesome 

Inspiron 8000 



Dell Inspiron 

Dell Computer Corp. 

Round Rock, TX 

800-953-7611,512-338-4400 
www.dell.com 
Approximate Price Range: 
$1 ,299 to $4,000 «m> 



desktop-replace- 
ment PC, which 
costs from 
$1,999 to nearly 
$4,000 for a fully 



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built-in Ethernet support. 

Newer Inspirons also include a 
snazzy 24/7 Help button that pro- 
vides one-touch access to online and 
disk-based documentation, tutorials, 
and live technical support. Other 
advanced features include dual 
touch-pad and TrackPoint pointing 
devices, special hard drive antishock 
mounting, a sophisticated heat- 
exchange cooling system, dual-drive 
removable Media Bays, and rapid 
1-hour battery charging. 

Whether you're looking for versatility, 
power, aesthetics, or price, Dell probably 
sells an Inspiron that will meet your needs. 



LIGHTWEIGHT NOTEBOOK PC 
SONY VAI0 Z505 SUPERSLIM PRO 



®his year marks the second consecu- 
tive win for Sony Electronics' VAIO 
Z505 as your favorite lightweight note- 
book. Loaded with the excep- 
tional multimedia capabilities 
for which Sony is famous and 
high-powered components 
rarely found in an ultralight 
notebook, the Z505 is an 
impressive blend of power and 
portability. 

The latest Z505 line consists 
of four standard models that give you a 
choice of 650MHz or 750MHz Pentium 



Sony VAIO Z505 SuperSlim Pro 
Sony Electronics 

San Diego, CA 

800-476-6972, 408-432-1600 
www.sony.com/vaio 
Mfr. Est. Price: $2,599 (Z505LE, 
Windows Me); $2,699 (Z505LEK, 
Windows 2000); $3,099 (Z505LS, 
Windows Me); $3,199 (Z505LSK, 
Windows 2000) CZEED 



III processors, 64MB or 128MB of RAM 
(expandable to 192MB), and the Windows 
Me or Windows 2000 operating system. 

All four pack a 12.1 -inch display, 
Ethernet support, a V90 modem, a 12GB 
hard drive, two USB ports, and PC Card 
and Memory Stick expansion 
slots into a tough 1.15-inch- 
thin magnesium-alloy chassis. 
The 3.75-pound Z505 also 
offers a superior selection of 
multimedia components, 
including an IEEE 1394 
(Fire Wire) interface, 8MB 3D 
graphics, and stereo speakers. 
If all that isn't enough, the Z505 also 
includes a port replicator and a huge 




software bundle. This is one system that 
covers all the bases. 





PDA OR 
PALMTOP-SIZE PC 
PALM VX 




® 



ur readers certainly seem 
to love their Palms. After 



voting the sleek Palm V the 
Best PDA /Palmtop of 
1999, they awarded the 
new Palm Vx top hon- 
ors this year in the 
same category. 

Selling for about 



Palm Vx 
Palm 

Santa Clara, CA 
800-881-7256 
www.palm.com 
Average Price: 
$395 GXEO 



$70 more than the Palm V, the 
Vx ships with a whopping 8MB 
of RAM — four times the 
amount of its predecessor. 
Similar in most other ways to 
the Palm V, the Vx features the 



same high-contrast nonreflective display, 
recessed keypad, long-life rechargeable 
batteries, and ultraslim chassis. It also runs 
an updated version of Palm's memory- 
efficient operating system, which can 

store in RAM about 10,000 address- 
es, 3,000 appointments, 3,000 to-do 
items, 3,000 memos, and 400 e-mail 
messages. 

The Vx also offers all the stan- 
dard Palm features, including wire- 
less synchronization, quick recharge 
times, and support for more than 5,000 
applications. Factor in an ultralight 
4-ounce traveling weight, and you have 
one of the most powerful and portable 
handheld PCs on the market. 



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COOLEST, MOST 
INNOVATIVE HARDWARE 



LE POWER MAC G4 CUBE 

f ho could argue with the choice of Apple 
Computer's stunning Power Mac G4 
Cube as the most innovative hardware product 
of the year? This beautifully transparent 
machine looks like no other computer we've 
ever seen. 

Despite the 
Cube's ability to 
run at near-super- 
computer speeds, 
the entire system 



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Apple Power Mac G4 Cube 
Apple Computer 
Cupertino, CA 

800-692-7753,408-996-1010 
www. apple, com/powermaccube 
Average Price: $1 ,784 
(450MHz model) «CTCT> 



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GRAPHICS CARD 

3DFX V00D005 5500 AGP 



^ \ eeing is believing, and readers obvi- 

» /ously liked what they saw in 3dfx 

Interactive 's incredibly powerful Voodoo5 
5500 AGP graphics accelerator. Whether 
it's displaying high-resolution 2D graph- 
ics, running state-of-the-art 3D games, or 
playing DVD movies, the Voodoo5 has 
the muscle to handle just about anything 
you can throw at it. 

The secret is 
the board's com- 



3dfx Voodoo5 5500 AGP 
3dfx Interactive 

San Jose, CA 

888-367-3339 

www.3dfx.com 

Average Price: $292 «EE» 



plement of no- 
holds-barred 
hardware. The 




fits into an 8-mch 
brushed-metal cube 
suspended in a 
crystalline shell. 
The clear, colorless 
keyboard, mouse, 
and cabling all echo 
the system's aes- 
thetics. Even its 
speakers look 
like surrealistic 
crystal balls. 

The G4 Cube also incorporates innova- 
tions such as a built-in antenna for wireless 








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networking; a 
unique connec- 
tor design that 
runs power, 
video, and USB 
signals through 
a single cable; 
and a fan-free 
chassis that 
runs in eerie 



silence. 
Our only com- 
plaints are the modest 64MB of RAM and 20GB 
hard drive included in the G4's base configura- 
tion. Still, they seem trivial when one comes 
face to face with this gorgeous machine. The 
G4 Cube will leave you breathless. 



MONITOR 

SONY MULTISCAN 

CPD-200SF (CPD-E200) 






flat-face FD Trinitron CRT. Offering 
slightly better specs than its predecessor, 
the CPD-E200 boasts a 16-inch viewing 
area and 1,600x1,200 resolution at 65Hz 
or 1,280x1,024 at 75Hz. It also supports 
EPA Energy Star, NUTEK, and other 

industry-standard safety speci- 
fications, and even provides a 
front-mounted headphone 
jack. 

It may lack the fancier 
multimedia capabilities and 
USB interfaces of costlier models, but if 
your highest priority is getting the best 
CPD-E200, delivers equally impressive possible picture at a reasonable price, the 

performance, thanks to its state-of-the-art Multiscan CPD-E200 can't be beat. 



®ur readers' favorite monitor of the 
year was Sony's razor-sharp 
Multiscan CPD-200SF, a 17-inch model 
based on a superb vertically flat Trinitron 
CRT. Offering a 15.9-inch viewing area, 
superfine 0.25mm aperture- 
grille stripe pitch, and a glare- 
reducing antireflective coating, 
the CPD-200SF produced 
some of the crispest output of 
any tube in its class. 

The CPD-200SF has been discontin- 
ued, but its replacement, the Multiscan 



Sony Multiscan CPD-E200 
Sony Electronics 

Park Ridge, NJ 

800-222-7669, 408-432-1600 
www.sel.sony.com 
Average Price: $343 GUD 




standard configuration includes dual VSA- 
100 graphics processors, a hefty 64MB of 
high-speed DDR SDRAM, and a scream- 
ing 350MHz RAMDAC— all of which 



combine to produce resolutions and 
refresh rates as high as 2,048x1,536 at 
85Hz or 800x600 at 160Hz. Most impres- 
sive, though, is the Voodoo5's rutt-screen 
anti-aliasing (FSAA) feature, which 
smooths jagged edges on both old and 
new games to provide beautiful, satiny 
output approaching that of professional 
animation. 

Factor in the board's integrated digital 
effects, MPEG-2 hardware acceleration, 
and support for just about every major 
3D API, and it's no mystery why you 
voted the Voodoo5 the Best Graphics 
Card of 2000. 







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HOME-NETWORK CARD 

3COM ETHERLINK 10/100 PCI MANAGED FAST 

ETHERNET DESKTOP NIC (3C905C-TX-M) 



® 



At's probably no coincidence that 
_- / one of the best-informed reader- 
ships in the industry voted one of the 
smartest NICs on the market as its 
favorite home-networking card. 3Com 



3Com EtherLink 10/100 PCI 
Managed Fast Ethernet Desktop 
NIC (3C905C-TX-M) 

3Com Corp. 
Santa Clara, CA 
877-949-3266, 408-326-5000 

www.3com.com 

Average Price: $65 *ULJL±# 







Corp.'s EtherLink 3C905C-TX-M is 
loaded with software and hardware 
features that push its IQ far beyond 
that of other 100BaseTX interfaces. 
Much of the credit goes to the inte 



HARD DRIVE 

WESTERN DIGITAL CAVIAR 



®nother longtime readers' favorite 
is Western Digital Corp., which 
scored once again in the storage cate- 
gory with its popular Caviar line of 
EIDE hard drives. Boasting 5,400-rpm 
models from 7.5GB to 45GB and high- 
performance 7,200-rpm units in capaci- 
ties up to 40GB, the 
Caviar line offers a 
model for almost any 
application. 

The Caviar line also 
receives high marks for 
reliability. All drives 
incorporate sophisti- 
cated error-prediction 
and repair features that 
automatically resolve 
problems before they 
cause data loss. 
Environmental filters 
protect disk internals 




grated Dynamic- 
Access software, 
which turns the 
card into an intelligent, manageable 
network component that can monitor 
and analyze network traffic or 
fine-tune its quality of service 
for latency-sensitive applica- 
tions such as videoconferencing 
and IP telephony. 

The 3C905C-TX-M also 
provides superior security 
with 3Com's Boot Integrity 
Services, reduces client down- 
time through its Remote 
Wake Up and Keepalive status- 
monitoring features, and ships 
with a robust selection of 
easy-to-use setup and diagnos- 
tic tools. Toss in the board's 
high-performance 32-bit bus- 
mastered I/O and an average selling 
price below $70, and the EtherLink 
3C905C-TX-M begins to look like a 
terrific platform for any home or 
small-office network. 





WD Caviar 5,400-rpm 
and 7,200-rpm drives 
Western Digital Corp. 

Irvine, CA 

800-275-4932, 949-932-5000 

www. westerndigital.com 

Price Range: $74 to $218 

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from humidity, 

temperature 

extremes, and 

spillage, and an 

automatic head- 
parking feature 

prevents the 

heads from damaging sensitive data 

areas during a 
catastrophic 
crash. 

Readers 
also loved 
Western 
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utility suite, 
which makes 
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,'IM even when a 

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DVD-ROM 

OR CD-RW DRIVE 

HP CD-WRITER PLUS 91001 



®t's easy to see why our readers 
chose Hewlett-Packard Co.'s 
CD-Writer Plus 9100i as their favorite 
optical-storage device of the year. This 
8x/4x/32x multiread drive offers com- 
petitive CD-R and CD-ROM speeds, as 
well as some of the highest CD-RW 
throughput of any EIDE burner on the 
market. 

Installation is another strength, 
thanks to HP's excellent documentation 
and automated setup software, which 
even provides a 
handy how-to 
video. The 9100i's 
generous software 
bundle also 
includes top-notch 
applications from 



HP CD- Writer Plus 9100i 
Hewlett-Packard Co. 

Palo Alto, CA 

800-752-0900,650-857-1501 
www.hpcdwriter.com 
Average Price: $206 ($199 list 
for CD- Writer 91501) ftEEO 



Adaptec, Broderbund, Corel, and HP 
that make it easy to create audio CDs 
and CD-RW backups, as well as design 
CD labels and jewel-case inserts. 

As good as the drive already is, HP 
plans to go the 9100i one better by 
releasing a less expensive version, the 
CD- Writer 9150i, which should be 
shipping by the time you read this. 
Despite similar functionality and per- 
formance, the new drive cuts $50 off 
the list price of its predecessor. What 
more could you ask for? 



ty is greater than your system's maximum 
partition size. Fast and reliable, and fea- 
turing storage costs less than $10 per giga- 
byte, the Caviar line is clearly a class act. 



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PRINTER 
HP DESKJE 



®his year's favorite printer is 
Hewlett-Packard Co.'s sophisticated 
DeskJet 932C, a midprice inkjet loaded 
with advanced technologies and capable 
of producing beautiful 
2, 400x1, 200-dpi glossy color 
photos. 

Chief among the 932C's 
innovations is HP's 
PhotoREt III color-layering 
technology, which creates each printed 
dot by blending up to 29 tiny 5-picoliter 
droplets. When configured with the 
company's 78 rapid-firing printheads, 



HP DeskJet 932C 
Hewlett-Packard Co. 

Palo Alto, CA 

800-752-0900,650-857-1501 

www.hp.com 

Average Price: $198 «HD 



the printer deposits up to 7.3 million 
drops per second, producing speeds that 
reach 9 pages per minute (ppm) for text 
or 7.5 ppm for color, according to the 
company. 

The 932C also offers added flexibility 
with both parallel and USB interfaces, a 
home-networking option, and 
a space-saving small-footprint 
design that incorporates a 
100-sheet fold-up paper tray. 
Installation and operation are 
remarkably simple, thanks to 
the printer's automated plug-and-play 
drivers and handy one-click print-cancel 
button. 

Whether you're looking for speed, 



ease of use, crisp text, or stunning color 
output, the DeskJet 932C is a picture- 
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DIGITAL STILL CAMERA 

SONY DIGITAL 
MAVICA MVC-FD! 



® 



\a \ ith so many high-profile 
Ss 3 -megapixel digicams on the 
market, we were startled to find 
that the hands-down favorite is a 
1 .3 -megapixel unit that sells for over 
$700. But maybe we shouldn't have 
been surprised at all. Sony's Digital 
Mavica MVC-FD90 is packed with 
unique features that 
place it in a class by itself. 

Like most Mavicas, 
the FD90 saves images on 
inexpensive floppy disks. 
But it can also be outfit- 
ted with an optional adapter that 
lets you store nearly 1 ,000 VGA 
images on Sony's 64MB Memory 
Stick cards. It can also capture 



SCANNER 

HP SCANJET 5200CSE 

(5300CSE) 



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Y \ his was a banner year for Hewlett- 
i/ Packard, which also took top hon- 
ors for its 600-dpi ScanJet 5200Cse. 

This fast, easy-to-use device offers 
useful features such as dual USB /paral- 
lel interfaces and the ability to save 
images in Web-friendly HTML and PDF 
formats. It also can independently opti- 
mize images and text by automatically 
choosing the right resolution, bit-depth, 
and file-format settings for each type of 
content on a page. 

By the time you read this, the 
5200Cse will be replaced by the slightly 



Sony Digital Mavica MVC-FD90 
Sony Electronics 

Park Ridge, NJ 
800-222-7669, 408-432-1600 

www.sel.sony.com 

Average Price: $719 €EECE> 



60-second video clips and 
record voice annotations. It 
even offers an intelligent 
self-adjusting flash and a 
smart power meter that tells 
you exactly how many min- 
utes of usage are left in its 

rechargeable 
power pack. 

The MVC- 
FD90 may seem 
expensive at 
first, but when 
you consider its many innov- 
ative features, it might just 
be one of the best bargains 
of the year. 



more expensive 5300Cse, which offers 
additional enhancements, including 
sharp 1,200-dpi optical resolution, easy- 
to-use fax and photocopier functions, 
and a one-click e-mail button that scans 
and optimizes 
an image for 
electronic 



HP ScanJet 5200Cse 
Hewlett-Packard Co. 

Palo Alto, CA 

800-722-6538,650-857-1501 

www.hp.com 

Average Price: $231 (5200Cse), 

$249 (5300Cse) CEEED 



transmission 
and then 
automatically 
attaches it to 
an e-mail message. 

The 5300Cse may not be the least 
expensive scanner on the market, but 
it's certainly one of the most powerful 
and flexible in its class. 













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PORTABLE MP3 PLAYER 
SONICBLUE RIO 500 



®ike last year, our readers selected one 
of the pioneering Sonicblue (former- 
ly S3 /Diamond) Rio devices as their 
favorite portable MP3 player. This 
time, the choice was the top-of- 
the-line Rio 500, which can store 
up to 2 hours of high-quality 
digital audio in its generous 64MB 
of internal memory. 

The Rio 500 also offers a high- 
speed USB interface, easy-to-use software, 
extended battery life, and the ability to 
quickly create MP3 files from CD Audio, 
WAV, AIFF, and QuickTime files. 



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Sonicblue Rio 500 
Sonicblue 

Santa Clara, CA 
800-468-5846 
www.riohome. com 
Average Price: $229 



By the time you read this, 
the Rio 500 will be nearing 
the end of its life cycle, and 
will be replaced later this 
year by a third-generation 
64MB player. Details were 
sketchy at press time, 
but the new model, 
which will be called 
the Rio 800, is expect- 
ed to offer enhance- 
ments such as an 
expansion slot and a 
DSP-based programmable 
architecture that will support 
future audio standards. We 
can hardly wait. 




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OFFICE-PRODUCTIVITY APPLICATION 
MICROSOFT OFFICE 2000 
PROFESSIONAL 



© 



\ t's no surprise that readers once 
\^y again selected the ubiquitous 
Microsoft Office 2000 as their favorite 
office-productivity application. The only 
difference is that this time, they chose the 
Professional version, rather than the less 
costly Small Business edition, perhaps 
due to the software's modest but steady 
price drops over the last 12 months. 




Office's Professional edition is arguably 
the configuration that provides the best 
compromise between price and versatility. 
Consisting of the 2000 versions of 
Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, 



Outlook, Publisher, and Small 
Business Tools, it differs from the 
far-pricier Premium edition only 
by its lack of the rather specialized 
FrontPage 2000 and PhotoDraw 
2000 applications. 

Despite the recent appearance 
of several lower-price competitors 
with simi- 
lar func- 
tionality, 
Office 
continues 
to dominate 



Microsoft Office 2000 
Professional 
Microsoft Corp. 

Redmond, WA 
800-426-9400 
www.microsoft.com/office 
Average Price: $454 (full version); 
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the market for 
office-productivity suites. At this point, it's 
built up such momentum that we wouldn't 
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Quicken 2001 
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earlier versions with 
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planning, and backup functions. It also fea- 





Quicken 2001 


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This latest version additionally offers 
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access to online services such as credit 
reports, car values, mortgage and insur- 
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Packed with hundreds of functions 
that will help you run your small business, 
handle home finances, plan for retirement, 
track investments, pay bills, and prepare 
taxes, Quicken is an all-purpose financial 
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®icrosoft Corp. scored another repeat 
winner with FrontPage 2000, which 
was selected as the Best Web Authoring 
package for the second year in a row No 
doubt this fondness is fueled by FrontPage's 
ridiculously easy-to-use wizard-based inter- 
face and automated design 
tools, its seamless integration 
with other Microsoft Office 
applications, and its Office- 
standard look and feel. 













Microsoft FrontPage 2000 
Microsoft Corp. 
Redmond, WA 
800-426-9400 

www.microsoft.com/frontpage 
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Other features that make 
FrontPage a perennial favorite are 
its library of ready-to-go Web- 
page themes, integrated spell- 
checker, HTML-based help facili- 
ty, and customizable workspace. 
Whether you want to create 
Dynamic HTML animations, 
integrate Microsoft Access data- 
bases into a Web page, or simply 
get a personal Web site up and 
running with a minimum of fuss, 
FrontPage supplies intuitive tools 
that make the job a cinch. 





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®ur readers' devilish instincts 
were all too obvious when they 
declared the fast-paced hackfest Diablo 
II as 2000 's best game. 

Like the original Diablo, this long- 
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sequences, eerily gothic graphics, and 
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Diablo II rewards your character with dead- 
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Winamp can also play almost any 
other kind of digital audio, including 
MIDI, WAV, CD audio, 
Microsoft WMA, and 
MOD files. Major fea- 
tures include a spectrum 
analyzer, an oscilloscope, 
a playlist editor, a 10-band 
equalizer, and a mini- 
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open architecture has 
encouraged developers to 
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skins and 150 visualiza- 
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registered users, this music-sharing service 
ranks as one of the most popular — and 
controversial— sites on the Web. 

One reason why Napster seems so devas- 
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anyone with an Internet-ready computer can 
use it to effortlessly exchange music files with 
millions of other users around the globe. 

Whether or not Napster survives its legal 
challenges, its very existence has forced many 
to rethink basic assumptions about copyright 
law and content ownership. Like the printing 
press, phonograph, and radio before it, the 
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Internet. But for all this diversity, it's not 
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13" CTFT display 

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Mini-PCI 56K V.90 modem 5 

Microsoft* Windows* 95/98 (dual install)** 

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Business-boosting upgrades: 

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$ 675 - 

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QuickAccess Code: 3712X8-15116 

Intel Celeron processor 500MHz 
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S510 Compaq 17" monitor (13.8" viewable) 
Intel® Pro/1 00+ management adapter NIC 
Integrated Intel 3D graphics 
Carbon 2-button USB scroll mouse 
Carbon Easy Access Internet USB keyboard 
Microsoft® Windows' 2000 
1 -year limited warranty 4 

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$ 1479* 

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QuickAccess Code: 3712X8-14662 

Intel Pentium * III processor 800MHz 

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Compaq S710 17" monitor (16" viewable) 

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nVidia M64 Pro 16MB 4X AGP Graphics 

Microsoft Office 2000 Small Business L 

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cannot be combined with any other Compaq programs or discounts without the prior approval of CFSC. [Low rates on leases with $1 end of lease term purchase options also are available] Offer valid through March 31 , 2001 'Offer valid while supplies last Compaq Financial Services: 
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Intel Pentium III processor 733MHz 

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Intel 820 chipset with AGP4X 

S710 17" monitor (15.7" viewable) 

nVIDIATNT2 Pro graphics 

48X Max CD-ROM drive 

1 ,44MB floppy disk drive 

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Intel Pro 100+ NIC (PCI with WoL and AoL) 

Microsoft Windows NT* Workstation 4.0 

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Turn any notebook, desktop, or server into a 
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convenience of wireless LAN connectivity. 
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ing range of options, the promise of higher 
speeds, and ease of use, networking is 
storming the home front. According to the 
Cahners In-Stat Group, sales of home-net- 
work products are expected to surge from 
$500 million in 2000 to $5.7 billion by 2004. 

The biggest incentive for setting up a 
home network is the high cost of broadband 
Internet access. With a home network, you 
can share a single DSL or cable modem with 
every computer in your house. A $40 to $50 
monthly broadband fee is much easier to 
swallow if you can spread the cost and 





Who needs a 
home network? 



bandwidth over several computers. 

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becoming more powerful, less expensive, 
and easier to use. A typical home network is 
capable of handling 4.5 to 9 megabits of 
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for a houseful of computers to be involved 
in a variety of simultaneous activities. 
Several computers could be engaged in a 
multiplayer game, another computer could 
be downloading large files from the 
Internet, another could be playing MP3 files 



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from a commonly shared hard drive, and yet 
another could be printing documents on a 
networked printer. Total cost for this versa- 
tile network? Usually less than $100 per PC. 
If you have experience with a corporate 
network at work and are concerned that 
networks are too difficult to set up and 
maintain, you'll be pleasantly surprised by 
the ease of today's home setups. You essen- 
tially plug in the network adapters, load the 



necessary drivers, and select the drives and 
peripherals you want to share. That's it. The 
process is so transparent, you'll forget the 

network is even there. 

TRADITIONAL ETHERNET 

Manufacturers are well 
aware that home-network 
sales are set for rapid 
growth, so they're offering 
a wide range of solutions. 
If you're willing to run the 
wires, you can install a tra- 
ditional Ethernet-based net- 
work. These typically use 
^Jtt hubs or switches to connect 

w two or more computers 
using standard Ethernet 
(10Mbps) or Fast Ethernet (100Mbps) 
adapters. Hubs are slower because they 
allow only half-duplex operations for one- 
way communications. Switches allow full- 
duplex operations for simultaneous two-way 
communications. A typical network switch, 
such as NetGear's FS105 5-Port Switch 
(www.netgear.com) or LanMarket's Alfa 
AFS05 10/100 5-Port Ethernet switch 
(www.lanmarket.com), costs less than $100. 



You'll also need a network interface card 
($50 to $100) for each of your networked 
computers, and enough network cabling to 
connect everything together (typically 20 
cents to 50 cents a foot). 

With its $174-direct HomeConnect 
Home Network 10/100 Mbps PCI Ethernet 
Kit, 3Com Corp. (www.3com.com) combines 
the essential components into one product. 
The kit includes a five-port 10/ 100Mbps 
Ethernet hub, two dual-speed 10/ 100Mbps 
PCI Ethernet cards, two 25-foot Ethernet 
cables, Microsoft HomeClick network soft- 
ware, and a Microsoft games sampler CD- 
ROM. A similarly configured product from 
3Com, the $189.99-direct HomeConnect 
Home Network 10 Mbps USB Ethernet Kit, 
supports only the standard 10Mbps speed 
and connects through your USB ports. 

The best time to install an Ethernet net- 
work is when you're building or remodeling 
your home. For apartment renters and less 
adventurous home owners, running wires 
may not be an option, even if it does cur- 
rently provide the fastest possible speeds for 
your home network. 

HOME PHONE LINE 

A phone-line network is less expensive and 
much easier to install than an Ethernet net- 
work. The Home Phoneline Networking 




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Cons 

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Typical Price 
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Ethernet 

Fastest system 

Most expensive; requires some 
technical expertise 

3Com HomeConnect Home Network 
Ethernet kits; separate components 
available from a variety of vendors 

$75 to $200 



Phone Line 

Uses current phone wires 
Computers must be near phone jack 

3Com HomeConnect; Intel AnyPoint; 
Sonicblue HomeFree 

$50 to $100 



WireleAA 

Can be used anywhere 
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Network Type 

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Ethernet (Standard Speed) 



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10Mbps 



PCI-Based Phone-Line (HomePNA) 10Mbps 
USB-Based Phone-Line (HomePNA) 10Mbps 
Wireless (HomeRF) 1.6Mbps 

Parallel-Port Phone-Line (HomePNA) 1 Mbps 



7Mbps 
to 9Mbps 

8Mbps 

4.5Mbps 

600Kbps 

700Kbps 



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Bandwidth 
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Application 

Voice 

Multiplayer Gaming 
Dial-Up Internet 
MPEG Audio 
Printer Sharing 
Broadband Services 
File Sharing 
MPEG Video 



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5Kbps to 20Kbps 

20Kbps to 80Kbps 

36Kbps to 56Kbps 

80Kbps to 200Kbps 

80Kbps to 900Kbps 

100Kbps to 1Mbps 

300Kbps to 40Mbps 

4Mbps to 8Mbps 



Alliance standard (www.homepna.org), or 
HomePNA, is also about to get a speed 
boost, which will make it even more attrac- 
tive. Manufacturers are working on 20Mbps 
adapters that would be compatible with pre- 
vious 10Mbps and 1Mbps HomePNA 
adapters. The 20Mbps products could ship 
as early as this year. 

HomePNA uses your home's phone 



lines for its wiring without interfering with 
your phone calls or DSL Internet connec- 
tion. It uses a specialized set of frequencies 
to coexist with the other communication 
services. Interface kits are available as PCI 
cards, USB adapters, or parallel-port 
adapters. You run a phone wire from the 
network adapter to your phone jack and 
plug your phone into the 
network adapter. The 
phone jacks have to use the 
same phone number. 

Intel Corp.'s AnyPoint 
product line (www.intel. 
com/anypoint) offers a wide 
range of phone-line kits, 
including a 10Mbps PCI 
card ($79) and USB adapter 
($99), and three 1Mbps 
models: a parallel-port 
adapter ($49), PCI card 
($49), and USB adapter 
($59). The Intel software is 
extremely easy to use and 
includes several family-ori- 
ented extras, such as a 
built-in firewall program, a 
multiplayer race-car game, 
and a PC-to-PC voice inter- 
com program, so you can 
taunt your opponent during 
head-to-head network games. 

3Com's HomeConnect product line 
includes a 10Mbps PCI kit ($129) with two 



Compaq iPaq 
Connection Point 
residential gateway 




PCI cards. Modem sharing requires Windows 
98 Second Edition, and a Microsoft upgrade 
CD is provided for upgrading from Windows 
98. The other network features are compati- 
ble with Windows 95 and Windows 98. 

The HomeFree product line from Sonic- 
blue (formerly S3) includes the Phoneline 
10Mbps PCI Card ($69.95), Phoneline USB 
($69.95) with a single 1Mbps USB adapter, 
Phoneline PCI Card ($39.95) with a single 
1Mbps PCI card, and Phoneline Desktop 

Pac ($79.95) with two 
1Mbps PCI cards. Each 
product ships with net- 
work software for 
modem, printer, and 
file sharing. 

In theory, the phone- 
line products from Intel, 
3Com, and Sonicblue 
are compatible with one 
another, because all 
three product lines 
adhere to the Home- 
PNA specifications. This 
compatibility extends to 
hardware and basic-level 
software. Manufacturers 
are free to offer higher- 
level software-based fea- 
tures that are not avail- 
able to the other manu- 
facturers. If you do mix 
and match HomePNA 
components, be aware that some of the 
advanced features may be limited to a single 
product line. 



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t may not thrill every- 
one that you're 
installing a home net- 
work. Specifically, your 
ISP may be less than 
supportive. Some broadband ISPs 
view home networks as a threat, 
seeing the technology as a way 
for families to get around having 
to pay for multiple broadband 
connections. They may also be 
wary of having to offer technical 
support for networking products 
that they are not responsible for. 
As a result, some ISPs require you 
to switch off your network 
before their modem is installed, 
and they offer no guarantee that 



the broadband connection will 
work with your network. Some in 
the industry believe that they may 
change their tune in the future, 
and that ISPs may soon supply 
residential gateways — just as 
cable companies supply cable 
boxes — for a monthly fee or free 
of charge. This way, they can sup- 
port home networking without 
having to service a wide variety of 
possibly conflicting third-party 
devices. 

Here are a few other potential 
stumbling blocks you may want to 
consider before you connect your 
DSL or cable modem to your 
home network: 



/^j|) Will I have to leave a 

§) networked computer on 
all the time? 

/^ \ Unless you have a stand- 
s' alone network broadband 
device, such as a residential gate- 
way, you'll probably have to leave 
your broadband host computer on 
during the hours you want net- 
work-wide access to the Internet. 



(O) ^'" m y broadband 
^g) bandwidth be reduced 
by splitting it among several 
networked computers? 

j\ If you're using a 1 0Mbps or 
v5® faster network, you should 
not have any problems. The net- 



work bandwidth will be much larg- 
er than your broadband band- 
width. With a I Mbps network, you 
could run into problems, especially 
if you try to send large files across 
the network at the same time. 



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© my home network? 
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«a57 nection provided by broad- 
band, you're especially vulnerable 
to hackers who search for easy 
access to passwords and sensitive 
files. Some home networks include 
a firewall. If yours doesn't, consider 
buyvcvfc protective software, such as 
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WIRELESS 

It isn't always convenient to have to plug into 
a phone line. Most homes don't have a phone 
jack in every room, and sometimes the jacks 
are in less-than-ideal locations. A more con- 
venient solution is a wireless network con- 
nection, especially ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 
for notebook com- 
puters. Unfortu- 
nately, you can't 
easily mix wireless 
and phone-line 
adapters on the 
same network, 
though that may 
change in the near 
future. The current 
generation of wire- 
less HomeRF net- 
work adapters is 
rated at 1.6Mbps. 
Various overhead 
data transfers, such 
as packet headers, 
synchronization, 
and switching, can lower the practical band- 
width to about 600Kbps. In September, the 
Federal Communications Commission 
increased the allowable transmission speed of 
2.4GHz home-based wireless devices to 
10Mbps, so look for 10Mbps HomeRF net- 
work adapters to begin shipping soon. 

Intel has two wireless AnyPoint HomeRF 
products: a 1.6Mbps USB adapter ($119) and 
a 1.6Mbps PC Card adapter ($129). By 
attaching a USB adapter to your desktop and 
a PC Card adapter to your notebook, you 



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Dial-Up Modems Yes 

Parallel-Port Printers Yes 

Multifunction Printers Usually no 

Hard Drives Yes 

Zip Drives Yes 

CD-ROM Drives Yes 

Scanners Depends 

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and drivers 

MP3 or WAV Files Yes 

MPEG-1 or AVI Yes 

Video Files 

DVD Movies Usually no 



wireless adapters is rated at 1 1 Mbps and has 
a practical range of 50 to 300 feet indoors 
and as far as 900 feet outdoors. The series 

includes the DWL-500 PCI card 

adapter ($199), DWL-650 PC Card 
adapter ($199), and DWL-1000AP 
Access Point ($399), which functions 
as an Ethernet-to-wireless bridge. In 
some situations, the Access Point can 
be connected directly to a DSL or 
cable modem and function as a 
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could have the freedom to work in your 
backyard or kitchen and still have access to 
your broadband connection and desktop 
MP3 files. HomeRF devices typically have a 
range of about 1 50 feet, even through walls 
and floors. 

One of the first high-speed wireless net- 
working kits is available from D-Link 
Systems (www.dlink.com). It uses the IEEE 
802.1 lb networking standard, as opposed to 
the earlier IEEE 802.1 1 standard used by 
HomeRF products. D-Link's DWL series of 



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Most broadband-network setups 
require the host computer to run all 
the time for the broadband connec- 
tion to be available continuously over 
the network. A residential gateway is a 
new type of device that 
connects to an external 
broadband modem and 
distributes the signal over your 
home network. It stays on con- 
tinuously, allowing all of your 
computers to be turned on or 
off, as needed. 

One of the first residential 
gateways, the $499 Compaq iPaq 
Connection Point (www.compaq. 
com), is compatible with Home- 
PNA 2.0 phone-line, HomeRF 
wireless, and Ethernet 10/ 100Mbps wire-line 
adapters in any combination. By supporting 

all three types of home 
networks, the 
Connection Point gives 
you the flexibility to 
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nection to your home- 
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line connection to a 
child's computer in 
your family room, and 
a wireless connection to 
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room-to-room mobility. The Connection 
Point works with both DSL and cable 
modems and provides a built-in firewall. 
BellSouth Corp.'s Digital Passport 
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multipurpose residential gateway that's cur- 
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developers in a nine-state region. It features 
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Network Connection Center can deliver 
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What's ahead for home networking? Look 
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Also look for improved support for home 
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Make document creation 
simple and fun with 
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programs. 



ooks do matter, and desktop publishing can help 
you make a favorable impression on paper and 
online. The titles reviewed here (Corel Print Office 
2000, Microsoft Publisher 2000, and Print Shop 
Pro Publisher 2000) give home and small-busi- 
ness users easy-to-use tools to create polished 
and professional-looking documents. 

In short, each provides predesigned templates 
that you can customize with text, clip art, fonts, 
and special effects. Some offer more of these 
design options and materials than others. Output 
to a printer or to the Internet is also part of the pic- 
ture, although the programs facilitate this to dif- 
fering degrees. 

All three are robust and easy to master, but 
each has its own character. For instance, novices 
will be impressed by Microsoft Publisher's power- 
ful wizards, and Corel Print Office's output options 
are sure to please hard-core print lovers. In addi- 
tion, the consumer focus of Print Shop Pro promis- 
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EDITORS' RATING 


7.0 




EASE OF USE 

FEATURE SET 

PERFORMANCE 




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SERVICE AND SUPPORT 8 

VALUE. 7 



PROS: Beautiful templates; excellent image-editing features 
CONS: Poor Web-page functionality; slightly confusing interface 

Although Corel Corp. tried hard to 
make Print Office 2000 a coherent 
package for both business and 
home, it seems more like a collection of 
loosely integrated print utilities. The pack- 
age includes the company's powerful Print 
Office software, plus Photo House for 
image editing, a Web-design program, and 
a personal information manager. You also 
get 25,000 clip-art images, 10,000 photos, 
2,500 gorgeous templates, and 300 fonts. 
This is certainly a bonanza of assorted 
goodies, but it would be better if every- 
thing was more tightly integrated. 

As with its competitors, Print Office 
lets you start by choosing a publication 




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type — brochure, newsletter, label, and so 
on. The program then opens the primary 
application window, which contains the 
central project page and a Notebook panel 
where you explore samples and select a 
template. Once you've picked a working 
document, the Notebook changes to the 
Guided Activities page, one of three 
tabbed pages in the panel. The Guided 
Activities page provides step-by-step 
instructions on the current task. A 
Properties page lets you apply preset 
effects such as color, shadows, and text 
styles to objects. And a Catalog page dis- 
plays the available clip art, borders, back- 
grounds, photos, and text phrases that you 
can add to your publication. Though the 
tab concept is effective, you might find 
yourself hunting for functions, some of 
which are buried four levels down. 

Print Office's special effects are disap- 



pointing. The preset drop shadows and 
gradients lack subtlety, and although you 
can customize them, there are no cool tex- 
ture fills. You can, however, wrap text 
around objects and create text along paths, 
and fade objects to produce interesting col- 
oration. Bitmaps can be sent to Photo 
House, which offers excellent image-edit- 
ing tools such as retouching, special-effects 
filters, transparency, and Web optimiza- 
tion. In addition to standard drawing tools, 
Photo House offers an image sprayer for 
spattering symbols onto your document. 
This cute and useful tool is fun to use and 
produces instant forests of palm trees or 
piles of file folders. 

Print Office's Web features are quite 
good, too, and include automatic FTP 
upload of Internet files. You can opt to 
save pages as tables, layers, cascading style 
sheets, or images, and automatically pre- 
view the results. 

The included WebDesigner program is 
less impressive. The application only lets 
you build a Web site one page at a time — a 
process that would make even the most 
resilient and determined Web designer 
weep. Additionally, you won't find any wiz- 
ards or other helping hands, and the nine- 
page coverage in the slim manual does 
nothing to demystify the program. 

Print Office includes some truly ele- 
gant templates and clip art, but it simply is 
not as flexible as Microsoft Publisher, espe- 
cially for online documents. The program 
is perfect, however, for people such as 
small-business users who are willing to sac- 
rifice a little versatility for high-quality, 
prebuilt documents and excellent image- 
editing features. 

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powerful program with a 
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entry-level desktop publishing. 

Building a publication in Publisher is as 
easy as choosing a document type and a 
layout, then following the steps in the wiz- 
ard panel that opens on the left side of the 
document. When Publisher builds a docu- 
ment, it is initially populated with dummy 
text and graphics. To insert your own text, 
just click on a text field. By the same 
token, click on a graphic, and a gallery of 
51 categories of clip art appears from 
which you can select artwork. If you don't 
like the color scheme or basic design 
theme, you can quickly change them using 
the built-in wizard commands. As an extra 
bonus, Publisher lets you work in either 
full-page or two-page view — a feature 
unavailable in the other packages we 
looked at. 

Publisher has some nice built-in effects; 
it draws text along predefined paths and 
adds drop shadows. However, these paths 
can't be edited, and the drop-shadow fea- 
ture can't touch the interactivity offered by 
Print Office. That said, Publisher can auto- 
matically resize type to fit into a design 
element. And the program includes a nifty 
design checker that runs through your doc- 
ument and points out problem areas such 
as blank frames. 

One of Publisher's strongest features is 
the program's integrated Web-publishing 
tools. You can instantly create a Web site 
from your current publication. A clever 
wizard walks you through the process of 
adding navigation bars, background sound 
and textures, and instant forms. The pro- 
gram also lets you drop in HTML code 
fragments, add hot spots, customize form 
controls, and create hyperlinks with just a 
few commands. After you run through the 
wizard, Publisher will inform you of what 
had to be changed to make the document 
suitable for Web output, such as overlap- 
ping objects or word art. 



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Publisher's output options are equally 
impressive. The program is adept with 
both print and electronic media. For the 
hard-copy crowd, Publisher offers custom 
and automatic trapping, process and spot 
color separations, PostScript output, 
bleeds, and crop marks — all features you 
might expect from a professional publish- 
ing application such as QuarkXPress. 
These are a welcome surprise in a $99.95 
package. 

Some might find Publisher constricting, 
but you can always turn off the wizards 
and customize documents independently. 
Novices will be delighted with Publisher's 
intelligent workflow, and the program's 
powerful publishing features will absolute- 
ly thrill experienced users. 

PRINT SHOP PRO PUBLISHER 2000 



EDITORS' RATING 8.2 



SERVICE AND SUPPORT 8 

VALUE 8 



EASE OF USE 9 

FEATURE SET 8 

PERFORMANCE 8 

PROS: Lots of bundled extras; simple interface; attractive special 

effects 

CONS: Designs and clip art are a bit naive; mediocre features for 

Web publishing 

For sheer volume, you can't beat 
Print Shop Pro Publisher 2000. The 
program includes more than 175,000 
pieces of clip art, 9,000 templates, and sev- 
eral utilities for optical character recogni- 
tion (OCR), photo editing, drawing, creat- 
ing animated greeting cards, and organiz- 
ing photo albums — all on a whopping 10 
CD-ROMs. Though you'll be sure to 
appreciate the wealth of stuff available, 
the constant disc swapping that's required 
is annoying. 

Print Shop Pro's opening screen is 
called the Project Picker. From here, you 
can inspect thumbnails, select the type of 
publication you want to build, and choose 
a theme. For example, if you choose 
Certificates, you can pick an achievement 
award, a gift certificate, and so on. In 
some cases, the Project Picker even offers 
matching layouts — groups of templates 
with similar designs, such as business let- 
terhead, business card, label, envelope, and 
brochure. 

Like Microsoft Publisher, the base docu- 
ment Print Shop Pro generates holds 
dummy text and artwork that you replace by 
clicking on the object and typing or import- 
ing replacement text, or by perusing the Art 
Gallery for clips. Although Print Shop Pro 
doesn't include project guides to help you 
through tweaking a publication, the colorful 



interface is simple, logical, and uncluttered. 
Ten buttons provide access to other program 
features, such as the Photo Workshop, 
Address Book/ Event Reminder, and graphic 
and text special effects. Inserting fancy logos, 
watermarks, certificate seals, and wild-look- 
ing clocks into your document is easy, as is 
applying neat edge effects, shadows, trans- 
parency, and glows to objects. Print Shop 
Pro lacks the nifty WordArt feature offered 
by Publisher, but the program does let you 
fit text into odd shapes and word balloons 
(though you can't wrap text along a path). 




Print Shop Pro Publisher 2000 



One feature both home and business 
users will appreciate is the ability to per- 
form mail merges — great for form letters, 
holiday cards, and the like. Also, the built- 
in Photo Workshop is quite impressive, 
allowing you to perform sophisticated 
image editing, including focus adjustment, 
red-eye removal, and the unique green-eye 
removal. Unfortunately, the Web-page fea- 
tures were somewhat disappointing, 
because the program uses a Web-page 
checker that doles out complex and often 
confusing advice. 

Print Shop Pro is a very nice package, 
but despite its attempt to appear business- 
oriented, this program is better suited to 
home use. The templates and clip art, 
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family projects, Print Shop Pro Publisher 
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ach of these packages is an excellent 
value that can help to make your 
publishing dreams a reality. While 
the integrated Web tools and help features 
of Microsoft Publisher are superior to 
those offered by Corel Print Office and 
Print Shop Pro, Print Office's exceptionally 
well-designed templates and image-editing 
tools make it a better choice for the artisti- 
cally inclined who need hard copy rather 
than online content. Print Shop Pro, on 
the other hand, is the best pick for family 
and school use — you'll find a huge selec- 
tion of clip art and an abundance of low- 
key projects for kids. Overall, however, 
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sions let you fix scrambled file-allocation tables and undelete 
files. But they did little to notify you of new and improved 
drivers, advise you when to upgrade a peripheral, or diagnose 
problems lurking in your existing hardware and software. To 
stay on top of your system, you had to comb manufacturer bul- 
letin boards for new drivers, manually install antivirus soft- 
ware each time a new release came out, and even subscribe to 
online services such as CompuServe in hopes they'd offer 
access to the software drivers and updates you needed. 

Luckily, times have changed. Thanks to the Web and some 
innovative new sites, you can now hook your PC into the ulti- 
mate diagnostic and repair center and let the Net do the work 
for you. We found sites that tell you when your video card is 
cranking at half speed and walk you through suggested hard- 
ware and component upgrades based on your user profile. They 
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Like so much of the Web today, finding great 
free service is easy if you know where to 
look. These services offer advanced online 
diagnostics and software updating, but their 
motives differ. CNET's CatchUp.com and 
ZDNet's Updates.com (both owned by 
CNET Networks, Computer Shopper's parent 
company) provide these services largely as a 
way of getting you to stay at their sites. PC 
Pitstop aims to direct users to its advertisers' 
sites in search of items such as a new hard 
drive or monitor. Only McAfee.com Clinic 
charges for its services, but the offerings are 
by far the most extensive, and they're backed 
by a leading brand name. 

Free or otherwise, all these services use 
some sort of downloadable software pro- 
gram to probe your system and compare the 
results to a database of upgrade and perfor- 
mance information. If you fear for your priva- 
cy, the sheer act of allowing outside access to 
your hard drive, even in the name of greater 
system improvement and security, is a risk 
you may not be willing to take. If you're pri- 
vacy-conscious but still open to trying an 
online tune-up, rest assured these four sites 
are safe havens for your system. We still rec- 
ommend you check the privacy policy of any 
site you frequent and make a full backup of 
your hard drive, but as these sites promise, 
they'll safely and privately do their best to 
fine-tune your PC online. 

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To show you what these services 
have to offer, we pulled in to each 
of these sites with two very differ- 
ent systems. The first was a Dell Latitude 
CPi notebook running Windows NT 4.0, 
and the second was an eMachines desktop 
running Windows 98. They differed in 
terms of the overall time they took to 
complete various tasks, their accuracy in 
identifying the hardware and software 
installed in each system, and the recom- 
mendations they made about what to 
upgrade or update. Both machines con- 
tained Netscape and Microsoft browsers, 
Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, and 
Eudora Pro e-mail programs, as well as 
many random games, AOL and ICQ 
instant-messaging software, FTP clients, 
and Web-site-creation software. 

Although no system can perfectly replicate 
each possible hardware and software scenario, 
the two systems were neither cutting-edge 
nor grossly deficient in their makeup. Both 
systems were in need of a tune-up and could 



have stood some performance improvements. 

These services cater strictly to the PC 
crowd running some flavor of Microsoft 
Windows. For other operating-system sup- 
port, including the Mac OS and Palm OS, 
see the sidebar, "Other Online Optimizers." 

CNET CATCHUP.COM (CATCHUP.CN6T.COM) 

CNET's CatchUp.com is a great place 
to go if you want to keep your soft- 
ware current and are looking for tips 
on the programs you use most. 

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load and install process. On both systems, 
we were happily diagnosing and catching 
up within less than 3 minutes of starting 
the process. And although you can't run 
tests anonymously, you need give only your 
name and e-mail address for access to infor- 
mation only you can see. 

CatchUp.com places great emphasis on 
security. You can easily run a separate 
security scan to find out just what parts of 
your system are vulnerable to outside 
attack. The act of updating, either for 
security or newer-version purposes, is 



simple but uneven. Sometimes you're sent 
to an information page on CNET's 
Download.com, which contains a user- 
review section to help you decide whether 
to upgrade. Other times, and with no dis- 
tinction made between the two possibili- 
ties, your download simply begins — you'll 
have to halt the process if you don't want 
to download the file at that moment. In 
addition, the site doesn't store historical infor- 
mation about your PC for tracking your tune- 
up efforts. 

CNET CatchUp.com offers a wealth of 
links to help and how-to information. 
When you scan your files for related help, 
the Catchup software creates an index of 
all your programs, then links them to 
CNET's huge database of user-submitted 
tips, product hints, manufacturer informa- 
tion, and even beginner centers. What's 
missing is product advice from CNET edi- 
tors or links to reviews from CNET or 
around the Web. 

Another oddity is the major emphasis 
on the front door dealing with Y2K readi- 
ness. But CNET CatchUp.com does offer 
excellent user help and file-update infor- 
mation when the information is linked to 
other CNET sections. 

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The name you trust for virus protec- 
tion has taken the application ser- 
vice provider (ASP) route with its 
online McAfee.com Clinic. Everything you 
need to fine-tune and inoculate your PC is 
ready and waiting. The site charges for its 
services, but the 10-day free trial should 
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software is worth opening your wallet for 
the $29.95 yearly fee. 

Overall, the suite is comprehensive, 
offering the largest collection of PC-opti- 
mization tools, antivirus utilities, and fire- 
wall and other system-protection features. 
Windows NT and 2000 users, however, 
will miss out on a good portion of the fea- 
tures because the service is heavily tooled 
for Windows 95, 98, and Me users. Main 
sections are divided into antivirus help, 
uninstalling and restoring files, first aid for 
your PC (including system-info reports), 
performance tuning, and an area called Oil 
Change Online, which offers advice on the 
software updates and hardware tweaks and 
upgrades your system needs. 

Each section has its own applet you 
have to run separately, but you'll find 
many gems hidden in the various results 
and reports. The hardware-upgrade analyst 
offers a wide selection of user profiles you 
match to your own personality. ("You're 
on a budget! Whether it's a second PC 



for the home or another kid going off to 
college, you're looking for a bargain that 
will perform all the basic tasks and still 
deliver good performance.") 

The results from the Hardware Advisor 
use little smiling /frowning icons of red, 
green, and yellow, and the suggestions are 
straightforward but underexplained. As a 
"business user," our red, frowning-face sys- 
tem was considered too slow for the rec- 
ommended 550MHz minimum, but we 
had no idea why that speed was chosen or, 
more important, what to do with that 
information. Were we in danger because 
the face was red and frowning instead of 
yellow? 

The Software Update Finder made 
updating software a cinch. As its name sug- 
gests, it scans your system and locates the 
necessary drivers and updates. The pro- 
gram also does a good job explaining what 
each suggested update does and why you 
need it. Best of all, you can check a box 
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way to get answers qusckly. No download 
necessary — just hit the page, and in a few 
moments you'll get a report on the speed of 
your current connection. You can also com- 
pare your results to other connection 
speeds and see where you fall on the giant 
thermometer graph of possible connection 
speeds. 

Understanding throughput and your ISP's 
role in your connection is easy, thanks to the 
many links and articles on the results page. 
The best is an animated guide to connection 
speeds called "How Fast?" It sounds hokey, 
but you can watch the cartoon mouse fol- 
low a path at 28.8Kbps, 56Kbps, and so on, 
to understand how much faster a faster 
connection really is. 



For the Mac OS 

VersionTracker.com (www.versiontracker.com) 

The Mac is the odd OS out when it comes 
to the world of online optimizers, but 
VersionTracker.com will keep your Mac's 
software current. Though it's got the word 
"tracker" in its name, you have to track 
down each file on the site yourself. How- 
ever, the search function will get you to the 
program info you need fairly painlessly, and 
the necessary files are all linked once you 
find what you're looking for. For the best 
way around the site, try the advanced 
search option, where you can search on 
entire categories, such as desktop publishing 
and games. 



For the Palm OS 

PalmTracker.com (www.palmtracker.com) 

The Palm OS is starting to get some tune-up 
help, but like the Mac OS, it's strictly self- 
serve. PalmTracker.com will get you to 
recent updates and even show the most 
popular downloads, but this is no automated 
tune-up site. 

Palm OS users should also plan a visit to 



program go off and grab everything at 
once — very handy. 

Overall, McAfee has done a great job 
bringing a software product to life on the 
Web. Some rough edges persist for NT 
users or those trying to understand what 
they should do about their hardware pro- 
files, but for keeping your PC in shape, 
secure, and virus-free, this is an incredible 
one-stop shop. If you were going to pur- 
chase antivirus software anyway, you can 
get it here online, and the price is right. 

PC PITSTOP (NHN.PCPITST0P.COM) 

If you want to know exactly what your 
system is made of and see how your 
tweaks will improve performance over 
time, PC Pitstop is a great place to pull in 
for a tune-up. Its summary screen uses sig- 
nal-flag icons to warn you of underperform- 
ing hardware, security risks, and areas in need 
of improvement. But this is a tune-up site 
only; it does no software updating. 

Adopting a racing theme, PC Pitstop 
offers a fast and remarkably easy way to 
learn exactly what you have under the 
hood and determine ways to optimize per- 
formance. The site could tell we were 
using a laptop as one of our systems, and 
as is often the case, a laptop with a deadly 



McAfee.com for some antivirus protection. 
For $29.95 per year, McAfee's Wireless 
Security Center (there's a 1 0-day free trial) 
will keep your Palm OS handheld virus-free. 
As the site says, "Don't beam without it." 




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slow "mobile" graphics chip. Instead of 
pointing us to a new graphics board no 
laptop could house, it suggested bringing 
down our color palette from 24 bits to 16 
bits, and sure enough, we got a checkered 
flag the next time we ran the complete 
diagnostic program, indicating all's well. 

When you pull into the site for the first 
time, you can run the diagnostics anony- 
mously or register for a free account. We 
chose the free account because this way 
PC Pitstop stores all your test scores for 
a complete historical tune-up record. 
Personal information requested was limit- 
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name. Only you have access to your pro- 
file, but PC Pitstop adds your system's 
score anonymously to a database of scores 
for baseline comparison purposes only. 

For the first time through, you'll have 
to download the diagnostic utility. On the 
laptop, the download took less than 3 min- 
utes, and the program autoinstalled and 
worked right from where we were online. 
No need to log off, locate and run the 
install program, and then restart your sys- 
tem; the whole download and installation 
process was as close to unobtrusive as you 
can get. 

The best part about PC Pitstop is the 
summary screen you get after your system 
has gone through the checkup process. In 
keeping with the racing theme, the site 
uses three signal flags to highlight your 
results. In addition to the checkered flag, a 
red flag indicates some areas need serious 



work. A yellow flag, while less dire, high- 
lights what you can do to get a checkered 
flag next time you run the test. 

Our hard drive's caching performance 
was in yellow-flag territory. PC Pitstop sug- 
gested turning on the write cache of the 
laptop's SCSI drive to get drive perfor- 
mance flying. (SCSI drives usually ship with 
the write cache turned off.) PC Pitstop sug- 
gested using Adaptec's EZ-SCSI utility to 
enable the write caching and provided a 
link so we could buy the utility online. 

Another great feature is the AutoFix 
option. This automatically fixes a problem 
once you sign off on the necessary update. 
We had a problem with Outlook Express, 
for instance, and AutoFix updated the pro- 
gram automatically — we didn't need to lift 
a finger. If you want to let someone else 
do the driving, PC Pitstop is your best 
bet for an optimized and beautifully 
automated ride. 

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ZDNet's Updates.com should really be 
called "Upgrades.com," because the 
site is more tuned to upgrading than 
updating. But that's what ZDNet visitors 
love best, after all. You'll find lots of buying 
advice and links to ZDNet's huge collection 
of product reviews and online resellers. 

The opening menu sends you sensibly 
down the site's main paths — updating your 
existing software, checking out your hard- 
ware configuration and the slew of 




upgrades in store for you, and determining 
if your system can be upgraded to 
Windows 2000 and Me. 

In each case, instead of downloading a 
diagnostic utility, you're sent to a page that 
has to load completely before you can 
begin. This is the JavaScript applet that 
will run your system check. Although it 
was unobtrusive, the tendency to arrive at 
a page and click a button before something 
is fully loaded is second nature to most 
hurried surfers and will result in an error if 
you don't wait long enough. 

Once you can safely click on the button 
to kick things off, the diagnostic program 
takes about 5 minutes to run. Updates.com 
will save your testing information even if 
you don't register, and we couldn't find a 
reason to register. 

ZDNet explains all the updates it thinks 
you need. Simply click on the name of the 
update-to-be, and you'll get a page describ- 
ing the update in detail, the file size of the 
download, and why this new version 
exists. The page even tells you how long 
the download will take at various connec- 
tion speeds, and offers you the option of 
getting further update notification for that 
particular program by e-mail. 

When it comes time to upgrade, the 
benefit to being hooked up to a large tech 
portal is clear. But once our system passed 
the Windows 2000 upgrade check, we 
were linked to pricing information, special 
offers, and so forth, but not to a ZDNet 
review on the OS. 

On the hardware side, each area of the 
Hardware Advisor tells you if your system 
passed or could use a boost. And ZDNet's 
world of product reviews are usually a 
click away — even for more specific product 
categories such as AGP graphics cards and 
removable media. The Advisor attempts to 
put users into categories such as home 
user, gamer, or professional. But there was 
no real language explaining why our sys- 
tem passed on each profile, or why we'd 
need to upgrade to match our profile 
needs. 

Overall, ZDNet's Updates.com does a 
good job of keeping your software-fresh 
PC a click away from an even faster 
peripheral or a newer operating system. 
It's a great site to use when you're ready 
to get serious about what new system or 
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get set to drop your mouse and pick up the 
phone. Your voice could turn out to be the next 
tool you use to navigate the Web. 

More than a dozen companies are racing to 
voice-enable the Web, or at least parts of it, so 
that you can cherry-pick up-to-the-minute infor- 
mation simply by speed-dialing a toll-free number and ask- 
ing for what you want. The first of what promises to be 
many voice portals are up and running, and although their 
features are currently limited, it's easy to see how useful 
they could become. In fact, they already provide itinerant 
infonauts with data such as current headlines, stock 
quotes, movie times, restaurant addresses, even driving 
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Voice portals are emerging now for one simple reason: 
The telephone is the most broadly available data-access 
device in the United States today. The technology research 
firm Ovum estimates that 220 million landline phones are 
in use nationwide, not including the roughly 100 million 
cellular phones riding around in Americans' pockets and 
pocketbooks. 

The job of a voice portal is to connect the phones to 
Internet databases using speech-recognition technologies, 
which don't require the tedious individual voice training 
that they once demanded. In fact, most voice portals need 
no setup at all: You simply peck in the number and start 
asking for what you want. 

It's more efficient, however, to first register with a por- 
tal so you can customize the information you want to 

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access. You begin by visiting the portal's 
Web site and handing over a minimum of 
personal information for standard features, 
or more if you want targeted weather 
reports, horoscopes, and the like. 

Next, look over the categories of infor- 
mation the portal provides — such as news, 
stocks, sports, entertainment, traffic 
updates, and lottery numbers — and select 
your choices for your personal menu. Some 
voice portals, such as 888TelSurf and 
Shoutmail, will connect you with your 
e-mail account so you can "hear" your latest 
messages. Another, Tellme, features addi- 
tional phone-related services that include 
automatically hooking you up with a local 
taxi service when you need a ride. 

Once you've configured the service, sim- 
ply dial the toll-free or local number, identify 
yourself, and ask for what you want. Each 
voice portal has a slightly different menu sys- 
tem and lingo, so you'll hit a short learning 
curve. Once you commit to a single service, 
your interactions quickly pick up speed. 

ACQUIRING LANGUAGE SKILLS 

Though some voice portals depend on 
advertising revenue and can frustrate you by 
forcing you to listen to short (or not-so- 
short) ads before you get to your informa- 
tion, most are looking at different ways of 
making money. 

The most obvious tactic is to forge deals 
with phone companies, who see this as a 
way to get people to rack up cell-phone 
charges. AT&T has invested $60 million in 
Tellme Networks. It's also possible that, 
someday, voice portals will direct you to 
stores, restaurants, and services, such as a 
taxi company, that will pay for placement. 
This potential adds up to a market that 
will earn $15 billion in revenues by 2005, 
according to analysts at the Kelsey Group. 
Although the field is a little crowded now, in 
the long run there may only be room for a 
few voice portals. In fact, consolidation and 
takeovers have already begun. 

One of the best-known voice portals, the 
whimsically named Quack.com, launched 
last April, only to be snatched up by 
America Online in August. AOL immediate- 
ly pulled Quack.com offline and began 
adapting the portal's technology to voice- 
enable parts of its own Web presence. Lycos 
has also announced plans for voice naviga- 
tion of its portal. 

Of the voice portals we looked at, 
888TelSurf stands out as the only one that 
can voice-enable a My Yahoo page that 
you've already set up. Other Web portals are 
likely to take long looks at licensing voice- 



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enabling technologies to make their content 
and services available over the phone. In 
fact, it could turn out that some of the 
voice portals available today are merely 
proofs of concept and are angling to be 
acquired. 

For now, it's worth chatting up a voice 
portal for a few minutes to see whether it 

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Wireless Web access is hot, but you'll 
see more people with cell phones than 
wireless handheld computers. Besides, 
why click when you can talk? Here are 
10 tasks you can accomplish with just a 
telephone. 

1 . Stay connected 

Have your e-mail read to you, then 
send voice replies as self-extracting 
attachments. 

2. Eat right 

Get restaurant reviews in unfamiliar 
cities. 

3. Skip pay-per-view 

Many services list movie times. 

4. Don't get stuck 

Learn traffic conditions without 
waiting for the radio. 

5. Avoid goosebumps 

Check the weather before you leave 
without your coat. 

6. Goooooooal! 

Get all the scores for your favorite 
teams. 

7. You can get there from here 

If you're lost, get turn-by-turn 
directions to your destination. 

8. Find spiritual guidance 

If you're really lost, gain some insight 
from hearing your horoscope. 

9. And if the horoscope results are 
favorable 

Check the daily lottery results. 

1 0. Who needs the lottery? 

Find out how your stocks are doing. 

can make your day a little more convenient. 
We did, and found that the five most full-fea- 
tured voice portals often have a lot to offer. 

BASIC BANTER: AUDIOPOINT 
Audiopoint (www.myaudiopoint.com, 

888-382-8346) is one of the easiest voice 
portals to use, but it's also one of the most 
basic, offering little beyond a typical menu 



of news, sports, stock quotes, weather, traf- 
fic, and horoscopes. The service's infrequent 
7-second commercials are no more annoy- 
ing than those at any other voice portal, and 
they're easy to ignore. 

Anyone can use Audiopoint simply by 
dialing the toll-free number. However, the 
best part of Audiopoint's implementation is 
the tools provided at its Web site that enable 
you to set up your own customized presen- 
tation, in effect letting you create your own 
all-news radio station. You program the cat- 
egories you care about most and the order 
in which you'd like to hear them. Once you 
get it rolling, you just sit back and listen. No 
further voice commands are required unless 
you want to skip ahead by interrupting with 
the word "next." The service, which uses 
speech-recognition technology from 
Speech Works International, had no prob- 
lems understanding our commands. 

Elsewhere on the Audiopoint site, you'll 
find online shopping, including a big selec- 
tion of cell-phone accessories, but no cell 
phones. 

Shopping is just a small part of the 
Audiopoint experience. The service is best 
used as a quick way to get some headlines 
or stock prices as you dash through the air- 
port toward your waiting plane. 

FOR TRAVELING TyPES: BEVOCAL 
Be Vocal (www.bevocal.com, 800-423-8622) 
has a number of features designed to be 
particularly helpful to travelers, especially 
those who are driving. 

Its centerpiece is driving directions pow- 
ered by MapQuest data. If you're willing to 
go through the slightly tedious multistep 
process of identifying your starting point 
and destination by city, then by street, and 
then by number, you'll be told how far the 
trip is, how long it should take, and how 
many steps there are in the directions. Every 
time you say "next," you move to the subse- 
quent step. 

Of course, such a service is of limited 
use — it won't be much help getting you 
from Boise to Baltimore unless you're will- 
ing to write down all the steps — but it's cer- 
tainly a viable alternative to flipping the 
pages of a Thomas Guide in your lap as you 
navigate the streets of Los Angeles. (A 
speakerphone is recommended in this sce- 
nario.) BeVocal also has a fast and efficient 
flight checker to help track the status of 
your flight. 

Another BeVocal highlight is its Business 
Finder, a listing of 1 million businesses 
(compiled by infoUSA.com) that can help 
you pinpoint stores, services, or restaurants 



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no matter where you go. Think of it as a 
voice-enabled Yellow Pages. 

Surprisingly, Be Vocal has no news head- 
lines on its otherwise typical menu of offer- 
ings, and it's a minor annoyance to have to 
keep saying "Be Vocal Traffic" or "Be Vocal 
Weather" when "Traffic" or "Weather" 
would seem to suffice. Nevertheless, the ser- 
vice has plenty of information for the ask- 
ing, and travelers will find it a helpful friend 
on the road. 

LET'S TALK LATER: 888TELSURF 

The 888TelSurf service (www.888telsurf.com, 
888-835-7873) is off to something of a stum- 
bling start. Though it has some unique 
capabilities, the implementation is clunky at 
best, and downright annoying at worst. 

The portal's customization features 
wouldn't let us set up personalized sports or 
news headlines, and its stock quotes only 
cover S&P 500 stocks, which we realized 
after our request for a quote for ZDNet was 
answered first with prices for CBS and then 
with prices for Seagate. It's hard to make a 
definitive judgment, however, because at 
the time of this writing, the site wasn't fully 
built. 

One way to bypass 888TelSurf 's content 
limitations is to use its one-of-a-kind ability 
to read your personal My Yahoo Page and 
Yahoo Mail to you. Strangely, though, it told 
us that our My Yahoo page didn't have the 
content that we could clearly see onscreen, 



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and though it told us all of our stock 
quotes, the prices were not accurate, at least 
according to what My Yahoo was telling us 
at the same time. That's a serious flaw. 

Content such as sports headlines, deliv- 
ered by a surprisingly unprofessional ABC 
Sports reporter, was interrupted by up to a 
minute of advertising, but that wasn't nearly 
as annoying as the 30 seconds of The Pink 
Panther Theme" that we had to endure 
while we waited for 888TelSurf to find and 
read back an appointment in the primitive 
calendar we had created at the site. After the 
wait, it was able to tell us we had an appoint- 
ment from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., but it couldn't 
tell us what the appointment was for. 

True, 888TelSurf was able to understand 
everything we told it, but we'll wait for the 
site to work out its kinks before we speak to 
it again. 

MAIL READER: SHOUTMAIL 
Shoutmail (www.shoutmail.com, local access 
phone numbers provided at Web site) 
doesn't really qualify as a voice portal in the 
same way as the other services described 
here. It offers most of the same informa- 
tion — news, weather, stocks, entertainment, 
and horoscopes — but you access all of it 
with good old-fashioned button pushing. In 
other words, you can't work your way 









through the site with your voice. 

Nevertheless, Shoutmail calls itself a 
voice portal, and that's because it has some 
great features that let you use your phone 
and your PC interchangeably as e-mail 
senders and receivers. When you sign up for 
a Shoutmail account, you're given a 
Shoutmail e-mail box (with an address that 
contains "@shoutmail.com"). 

People can call your access number and 
leave voice mail, which you can later 
retrieve by phone or PC. (The voice mail 
plays as a RealAudio file.) If you receive a 
written message, you can read it at the site 
or have it read to you over the phone in typ- 
ical robotic style. Interestingly, the 
Shoutmail greeting message we received 
included a graphic, and our robotic helper 
read us the filename of the image. 

Sending messages works the same way. 
You can send a voice message (as a 
RealAudio file) to anyone's e-mail address. 
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Though it's safe to assume that the voice-portal market 
doesn't need dozens of players, the industry is still in its 
growth stage. Several voice portals are still on the drawing board 
or just getting underway. 

HeyAnita's preliminary site 
(www. heyanita. com) doesn't explain 
exactly who Anita is. But it does make it 
easy to access the typical lineup of 
voice-portal content and will soon be 
able to read your Hotmail messages to 
you. The service also will offer a propri- 
etary Free Speech Platform designed to 
let developers build their own voice- 
driven apps for any of several languages. 

Lycos (www.lycos.com) announced 
last August that it was working with 

Mobilee to voice-activate the many components of the Lycos 
Network, aiming to make much of the portal's information 
accessible by voice, via local access numbers, by year's end. 

MySpeech (www.myspeech.com) is designed to let online 
developers voice-activate parts of their own Web sites. As a 
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PhoneRun (www.phonerun.com), which has powerful part- 
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other voice portals, PhoneRun will let you 
navigate through news, sports, and, no 
doubt, the ever-popu/ar horoscopes. 

ShopTalk (www.shoptalk.com) is a 
voice and Web portal specifically designed 
to help you track down good shopping 
deals online. The service is already up 
and running, and claims 375,000 mem- 
bers so far, with new stores appearing in 
its directory all the time. 

Talk2 (www.ta/k2.com) may be one 
of the most technologically advanced voice portals — if it ever 
launches. Backed by heavyweights such as Hewlett-Packard 
Co. and Oracle Corp., the service put out a few cocky press 
releases in the summer of 1999, but we're still waiting to see it 
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as other voice portals, but without their but- 
ton-free convenience. Its real advantage is its 
ability to voice-enable your e-mail. 



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you, you'll have fun with Tellme. 

Developers will want to stop by the 
Tellme Studio to learn about building voice 
enabled applications for any Web site using 
VoiceXML. It's an interesting peek at what 
the future could hold. 



even get to the drive-through window. It 
would be easy to order and pay for movie 
tickets in advance the same way. No need to 
bring your credit card to the box office. 

Voice-enabled services will grow only as 
fast as the applications that make them pos- 
sible. The industry will look for a standard 
language that lets sites present content that 
voice portals can easily understand and nav- 



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Tellme (www.tellme.com, 800-555-8355) 
hasn't yet delivered any groundbreaking 
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it's less ambitious than other voice portals. 
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you with the information and services you 
need. 

Drill down into Tellme 's travel categories, 
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The service does better with restaurant 
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connect with the restaurant you like to 
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Like most of its competitors, Tellme has a 
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local movie listings, and offers you the chance 
to set up a menu of favorites to give you a 
fast spin through the information you need 
most. The portal provides some nice touches; 
stock quotes, for example, are accompanied 
by late-breaking company news updates. If 
horoscopes, lottery numbers, soap-opera 
updates, and interactive blackjack entertain 



FUTURESPEAK 

Where will voice portals go from here? It's a 
sure bet that they'll look for ways to enable 
transactions and take a slice of the action. 

For instance, combined with a digital 
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craves technical information, Aberdeen 
offers extensive specs on a wide variety 
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accessmicro.com 

<^ smooth navigation • easy ordering 

Shoppers will enjoy the selection at 
Access Micro, which offers 45,000 
items ranging from memory to T1 
> routers. The help desk and hardware 
guide provide aid to first-time visitors. 



www.applied-computer.com 

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Selling PCs and supplies since 1984, 
Applied Computer 

promises to match or 
beat any advertised 
price. The company 
stocks 800,000 prod- 
ucts — check the site's list of the 1 ,000 
most popular ones. 



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blackbox.com 

(^ smooth navigation 

Specializing in cabling and network- 
connectivity products, Black Box's 
extensive 900-page catalog of storage, 
LAN, switch, surge-protection, and other 
accessories can be viewed online or off. 



buy.com 

i^ price-matching policy • smooth 
navigation • easy ordering • good 
return policy 

You'll find everything from computers 
and software to electronics, books, 
movies, music, and video games at this 
monstrous, multifaceted site. Buy.com 
sells a whopping 850,000 items. 
Despite the site's mind-blowing 
selection, shopping is fast and efficient. 



cdw.com 

i^ list of rebates and coupons 

• business leasing options available 

• smooth navigation • easy ordering 

CDW offers an impressive array of hard- 
ware and software. The comparison tool 
lets shoppers create side-by-side com- 
parisons in many product categories. 



compgeeks.com 

Featured site this month. See p. 1 90. 

compuplus.com 

(^ good return policy 

Comp-U-Plus highlights its customer 
service, offering a 30-day money-back 
guarantee and free technical support. 
Its catalog isn't the biggest, but plenty 
of name brands are represented, and 
prices are reasonable. 

compusa.com 

i± smooth navigation • easy ordering 

CompUSA is a well-organized site 
offering a fair amount of PC hardware, 



peripherals, and accessories, with elec- 
tronics, software, and gadgets rounding 
out the selection. Don't overlook the 
site's clearance section. 



computercomputer.com 

iS smooth navigation • easy ordering 
This site is blunt about its target mar- 



ket: "Who should not shop here? 
Computer novices and first-time com- 
puter buyers or builders." But if you 
want to piece together your own PC 
and don't need technical assistance, 
Computercomputer.com's bare-bones 
systems and components will make a 
good starting point. 



www.computergate.com 

<^ smooth navigation • easy 
ordering • good return policy 

In business since 1 991 , ComputerGate 
offers a 30-day sat- 
isfaction return poli- 
cy on its products, 
which include 
built-to-order PCs 
and peripherals. 





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A mammoth provider of memory upgrades, Crucial 

Technology is a superb site offering nearly 50,000 

upgrade options for 1 0,000 computer systems. Its 

Memory Selector will help you find the right type of 

memory, whether you are upgrading a state-of-the-art PC or an old 486 

from a company that went belly-up long ago. 

Crucial guarantees that the memory you buy will be 1 00 percent 
compatible with your system. The company backs its products with a 
lifetime warranty and a 30-day money-back guarantee. 

If you have questions, the site has answers to them. The RAM 

Recommendations page offers 
simple guidelines for assessing 
your memory needs based on 
the applications you use, your 
operating system, and the num- 
ber of programs you run simul- 
taneously. The FAQ Center offers 
understandable answers to 
even the most technical memo- 
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Number of products offered: 330 parts that can be used in over 49,000 

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tm smooth navigation • easy ordering 
• good return policy 

The 1 7 well-stocked departments at 
Computers4Sure.com include 
networking equipment, peripherals, 
PDAs, scanners, and more — the selec- 
tion spans 60,000 products. Fast and 
intuitive, the site delivers handy features 
for choosy shoppers. Bargain hunters 
can quickly sniff out deals on the 
Special Offers and Clearance pages. 




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computershopper.com 

(^ smooth navigation 

Computer Shopper's own computer- 
buying site, computershopper.com, 
provides access to product reviews, 
interactive guides to choosing a desk- 
top or a notebook, and How to Buy sec- 
tions for the most popular product 
categories. 



www.computer 
surplusouflet.com 

(^ consignment service 

• smooth navigation • easy ordering 

Frugal shoppers and do-it-yourselfers 
will feel at home at Computer Surplus 
Outlet, a computer hardware liquidator. 
The company sells closeouts, over- 
stocks, refurbished equipment, and 
liquidation items at bargain-basement 
prices. You can find complete, assem- 
bly-required Pentium systems for less 
than $100. 



crucial.com 

Best Site winner this month. See p. 1 89. 



cyberrebate.com 

<4 "1 00% Off" tab shows 900 prod- 
ucts whose rebates equal their cost 

• smooth navigation • easy ordering 

• good return policy 

^i rebates take 1 to 1 4 weeks to 
process 



CyberRebate.com only 
sells products that come 
with money-back rebates. 
You'll find a small selec- 
tion of computer acces- 
sories and software. In 
addition, the site offers 
electronics, office 
supplies, toys, and 
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Geeks in search of PC goodies will love The Computer Geeks 
Discount Outlet— and not just because the visitor count is shown 
in decimal, hexadecimal, and octal numbers. The site sells discontinued 
and refurbished computer gear that's perfect for do-it-yourselfers piecing 
together a PC. You'll find a varied selection and a silly attitude, but you'll 
also find low prices and complete specs for every product. 

Colorful icons tell buyers whether items are new, used, or refur- 
bished. Mac- and Linux-compatible products are also noted. Prices are 
usually quite low; we found, for instance, a $45 scanner and a $99 CD 

writer. Remember that the 



products here are excess 
inventory and manufacturer 
closeouts, so don't be sur- 
prised to learn that the cheap 
CD writer is a relatively slow 
2x model. 

The site provides thorough 
specs, including clear details 
about what each product 
includes and what else you'll 
need to make it work. Be sure, however, that you're ordering the right 
items: Our only qualm with the site is the return policy, which stipulates a 
1 5 percent restocking fee. 

As if to prove they're really geeks and not just geek wanna-bes, the 
site's makers offer downloadable drivers for the company's products, 
hardware-installation help, and a collection of "geek links." 










cyberwarehouse.com 

i^ smooth navigation • good return 

policy 

^i may take up to three days to ship 

If you're the kind of shopper who can't 
pass up a bargain-basement sale or an 
outlet mall, this site may be for you. 
CyberWarehouse offers PCs, monitors, 
printers, and other peripherals. 



www.dalco.com 

(^ international and APO/FPO orders 
• smooth navigation 

Dalco stocks everything from mother- 
boards to monitors. Bargain hunters will 
want to start with the specials, which 
are shown on the home page and 
change regularly. 



direct41 1 .com 

(^ easy ordering 

Direct411 offers an impressive selec- 
tion of 50,000 in-stock hardware and 
software products. The catalog includes 
servers, memory upgrades, storage 
devices, digital cameras, and software. 



dirtcheapdrives.com 

(^ detailed archive of technical- 
support information • quantity 
discounts available • smooth 
navigation • easy ordering 

If you can store data on it, this site sells 
it. Dirt Cheap Drives offers deals on 
hard drives, CD-ROM and DVD hard- 
ware, drive arrays, and hard-to-find 
laptop storage. This 10-year-old com- 
pany also stocks mounting kits, media, 
and other accessories. 



ecost.com 

i^b smooth navigation • easy ordering 

The eCost.com catalog spans the full 
realm of PC hardware and software, 
including ready-to-use systems, 
peripherals, accessories, software, and 
games. Featured specials in each 
category point shoppers to the best 
deals, and fastidiously organized 
subcategories help them find the 
exact products they need. 



egghead.com 

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Egghead.com shoppers can browse 
the hardware, software, office-product, 
and electronics superstores. You can 
also buy home electronics and leisure 
products. 



eiectrified.com 

i^ 30-day guarantee on all items 
• se habla espahol • good return policy 

Looking for deep discounts on older 
laptops, notebooks, monitors, and print- 
ers? Electrified Discounters special- 
izes in products that are discontinued, 
second-inventory, refurbished, off- 
lease, or otherwise not state-of-the-art. 
Systems range from new Pentium II 
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elinux.com 

(^ smooth navigation • easy ordering 

The eLinux.com site offers hardware 
and software for users of the Linux 
operating system. Desktop and note- 
book systems for sale here have been 
tested with Linux and don't come 
bundled with that "other" OS. 



firstsource.com 

<^ real-time online customer service 
• smooth navigation • easy ordering 

Focused on the technology needs of 
businesses, Firstsource offers a broad 
range of choices in computer hardware, 
rack-mount systems, network tools, 
phone systems, wiring, and software. 



globalcomputer.com 

tm smooth navigation • easy ordering 
• good return policy 

Global Computer Supplies features 
same-day shipping and a 30-day satis- 
faction guarantee on a gargantuan 
selection of PC components, acces- 
sories, software, furniture, and media. 
Well-stocked and exceptionally easy to 
navigate, the site offers one-stop 
shopping for PC and office needs. 



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gogocity.com 

<^ smooth navigation • easy ordering 

You'll get beyond GoGoCity.com's 
funny name when you see its excellent 
selection of computer hardware. You'll 
find desktop and notebook computers, 
peripherals, software, and PC acces- 
sories of all types. Detailed product 
information, often with pictures, rounds 
out the catalog. 



www.handgear.com 

<^ smooth navigation • easy ordering 
• good return policy 

HandGear offers a small selection of 
Palm hardware, plus other mobile- 
computing accessories and software. 



insight.com 

i^b separate sites for the U.S., 

Canada, U.K., and Germany 

• smooth navigation • easy ordering 

With more than 100,000 items, Insight 
offers an impressive and easy-to- 
navigate catalog of hardware and 
software products. More than 1 00 free 
newsletters feature new-product news, 
closeout specials, and tech news. 




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www.jandr.com 

t£ smooth navigation • easy ordering 

Hardware, software, home-office prod- 
ucts, and appliances abound at J&R 
Computer World, making this a one- 
stop shop for many. You'll also find a 
huge selection of digital and traditional 
film cameras. 

laptoptravet.com 

i^ smooth navigation 

Laptop Travel sells portable-computing 
and international travel gear, including 
electrical adapters, modem converters 
and couplers, and security accessories. 
You'll find both traditional and "camou- 



flaged" laptop carrying cases, lap- 
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thelinuxstore.com 

<^ smooth navigation 

If your PC is penguin-powered, The 
Linux Store might be your place to 
shop. The site offers a small selection 
of hardware and software that's com- 
patible with the popular alternative 
operating system. The community area 
offers Linux news, free downloads, and 
Web links. 



mcglen.com 

(^ smooth navigation • easy ordering 

McGlen Micro's specialized searches 
can help you find memory and other 
accessories compatible with your com- 
puter, printer, and copier. Shoppers can 
design a custom system to be built and 
shipped in two days. 

megahaus.com 

i£ lifetime technical support on all 
products • CD-mastering and other 
utility software • smooth navigation 

MegaHaus calls itself "the drive 
authority." It offers a wide variety of 
storage solutions, including hard drives, 
DVD drives, RAID, and removable stor- 
age. A technical-information area fea- 
tures FAQs and specifications on hard- 
ware ranging from DVD players to drive 
brackets. 

mei-microcenter.com 

i^ smooth navigation • good return 
policy 

MEI-Micro Center offers new and 
refurbished desktops from Compaq, 
eMachines, Hewlett-Packard, and 
PowerSpec. There's also a small selec- 
tion of peripherals. Rummage around 
the bargain bin for deals on closeouts, 
refurbished units, and overstocks. 

memman.com 

<^ all memory carries a lifetime 
warranty • smooth navigation • good 
return policy 

When it's time to upgrade the memory 
in your desktop or laptop, don't forget 
Memory Man. Besides memory chips, 
the site sells processors, motherboards, 
hard drives, heat sinks, and batteries 
for many types of notebooks. 



memory4less.com 

<4 company tests all products 
shipped • smooth navigation 

Memory4Less offers low prices on a 
wide variety of RAM, including older, 
hard-to-find types. If you don't know 
the memory requirements of your com- 
puter or digital camera, it will tell you. 
The site also sells CPUs, motherboards, 
and laptop hard drives. 



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internal essentials. 



www.mwave.com 

(^ smooth navigation • easy ordering 

Multiwave Direct's friendly site sells a 
multitude of hardware and software 
products. In addition to PC systems and 
peripherals, this Web store stocks note- 
book accessories, videoconferencing 
equipment, and network tools. 



microx-press.com 

(^ smooth navigation • easy ordering 

MicroX-Press offers detailed informa- 
tion about most products, as well as a 
handy "E-mail me when this product is 
priced at. . ." feature and a configura- 
tion tool. Customers are invited to rate 
and review products they've tried. 

www.mobile-mania.com 

i£ smooth navigation • good return 
policy 

Digital cameras, e-mail devices, PDAs, 
cases, and adapters of all sorts are 
available for folks on the go at Mobile 
Mania. 

mobileplanet.com 

(^ smooth navigation • easy ordering 

Offering gadgets for mobile profession- 
als, MobilePlanet is home to a gaggle 
of high-tech tools and toys. The selec- 
tion includes handheld and notebook 
computers, PDAs, wireless communica- 
tion products, and travel-size printers 
and scanners — plus countless acces- 
sories for each. 

mobshop.com 

(^ smooth navigation 

Mobshop offers group-buying 
discounts on computer hardware, 
software, PDAs, and home electronics. 
As more customers buy a product 
within a specified time period, the 
price drops for all buyers. 

motherboards.com 

With a wide selection of motherboards 
from nine manufacturers, do-it-your- 
selfers can pick the perfect innards for 
their new PCs at Motherboards.com. 
This Web store offers CPUs, memory, 




neutronet.com 

<db smooth navigation • easy ordering 

Neutron carries thousands of computer 
systems and peripherals from nearly 
400 different manufacturers and dis- 
tributors. The site's handy toolbox 
offers easy access to best buys, help 
for first-time buyers, and a massive 
manufacturer directory. 




www.notebooksuperstore.com 

(^ devoted exclusively to portable 
computers • easy ordering 

Notebook Superstore sells more than 
40 different laptop models from nine 
manufacturers. You'll see technical 
details about 
each model, 
and a com- 
parison tool 
helps you 
zero in on the 
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123cdc.com 

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Computer Discount Center offers a 
wide variety of PC add-ons, including 
storage, digital cameras, and displays. 
Shoppers will find competitive prices 
and detailed product information. 




onvia.com 

im smooth navigation • easy ordering 
• good return policy 

Onvia.com, a business-to-business 
marketplace, offers many features that 
distinguish it as a small-business 
resource and computer-products store. 
The site's selection of computer 
hardware, software, and office products 
spans 37,000 items. The site also 
includes a Request for Quote market- 
place, buying guides, and auctions. 




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• good return policy 

The breadth of products at 
0utpost.com will impress. The site 
sells a wide selection of computer 
hardware and software, personal elec- 
tronics, and office products. The com- 
pany works hard 
to earn customer 
satisfaction with 
policies like a 30- 
day money-back 
guarantee and 
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«oA mailing lists offer news, spe- 
cials, and user tips • smooth navigation 

Palm-device users will appreciate the 
extensive selection of free and commer- 
cial downloadable programs at 
PalmGear HQ. The site features lists of 
the newest Palm programs, as well as 
essential software picks. Shoppers can 
buy handheld hardware and accessories, 
including carrying cases and styli. 

pcconnection.com 

«• smooth navigation • easy ordering 

In business for more than 1 5 years, PC 
Connection offers good deals on a 
colossal variety of products. Smart 
Selectors ease the searching process 
for shoppers looking for systems, cam- 
eras, printers, monitors, or memory to 
fit specific guidelines. 

pcmall.com 

«*± free lifetime technical support 
• smooth navigation • easy ordering 

Many folks are familiar with PC Mall's 
thick, colorful catalog, and the online 
version is just as dense. PC Mall has a 
vast selection of computers, hardware, 
and software. 



pcprogress.com 

■*i smooth navigation 

If you're in the market for components 
and peripherals, check out PC 
Progress. The site specializes in cost- 
effective memory, with a lifetime war- 
ranty. You'll find a large selection, 
including notebook, iMac, and printer 
RAM. 



pcstop.com 

This purveyor of hardware and software 
offers 50,000 computer- related prod- 
ucts from 1 ,300 manufacturers. 
PCstop.com offers a wealth of details 
about each product, including techni- 
cal-support and warranty information. 



pcwonders.com 

«oA smooth navigation • easy ordering 
^> no telephone orders 

At pcWonders.com, you'll find more 
than 1 20,000 hardware and software 
products. Additional categories include 
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pczone.com 

«*± printable rebate coupons 

• smooth navigation • easy ordering 

PC Zone boasts an impressive product 
selection of all things PC-related, 
including desktops, notebooks, printers, 
monitors, storage devices, CPU 
upgrades, and network equipment — not 
to mention PDAs, digital cameras, and 
MP3 players. You'll also find links to a 
clearance area and other stores: Mac 
Zone and Electronics Zone. 



provantage.com 

t*k smooth navigation • easy ordering 

Provantage offers PC products from 
more than 1 ,000 manufacturers. The 
selection includes software, hardware, 
books, and training materials. The site's 
Personal Tracking List feature lets cus- 
tomers build a list of product book- 
marks, then monitor the products' 
prices and availability. 

www.qualityclick.com 

iJb easy ordering • good return policy 

The Quality Click Web store covers all 
the basics for PC users, including hard- 
ware, networking supplies, accessories, 
and software. Technical support is 
available through a toll-free phone 
number, fax, or e-mail. 

shopper.cnet.com 

<»i smooth navigation 

The CNET Shopper search engine 
takes the guesswork out of finding a 
deal on hardware, software, and acces- 
sories. The site tracks the prices of 
more than 200,000 products in 100 
stores. (CNET Networks is Computer 
Shopper's parent company.) 

shoppingplanet.com 

«*± smooth navigation 

Do-it-yourselfers will appreciate 

Shopping Planet's 

inventory of bare-bones 

systems, add-on cards, 

and kits. An arm of the 

site that specializes in 

software and hardware 

for the Linux operating 

system is available at 

shoppingplanet.com/cm/linux.asp. 




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Sparco.com's catalog of more than 
130,000 products makes it simple to 
shop for computer equipment. Looking 
for that something extra? Check out the 
list of products that come bundled with 
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www.spidergear.com 

Spider Gear offers new and refur- 
bished computers, cameras, home 
audio and video products, car audio 
items, and appliances. A $10 optional 
membership entitles you to reduced 
prices, an annual rebate, and more. 



www.ssdonline.com 

«o± smooth navigation 

At State Street Direct's Web store, 
shoppers will discover a huge selection 
of consumer electronics, in addition to 
computers and imaging products. 
Digital photographers will find many 
items of interest. 



staples.com 

<o4 liberal price-matching policy 

• smooth navigation • easy ordering 

• good return policy 

Even if a Staples store is just down the 
block, you might prefer this elegant 
Web site when shopping for computer 
accessories, software, and office sup- 
plies. If you order similar items often, 
you can set up personalized lists to 
avoid filling out a new form every time. 



2for1inkjet.com 

<*i free shipping on orders of six or 
more items, or at least $200 • smooth 
navigation • good return policy 

If your printer is putting you in the 
poorhouse, pay a visit to 2 For 1 Inkjet, 
where you'll find two-for-one supplies 
for every brand of inkjet and laser 
printer, copier, and fax machine. 



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3re.com 

(^ smooth navigation • easy ordering 

Specializing in used computers and 
rebuilt electronic equipment, 3Re.com 
takes open-box returns from original 
equipment manufacturers, and repairs 
and repackages the machines. Offer- 
ings include desktops, notebooks, print- 
ers, monitors, network equipment, and 
software. 



tccomputers.com 

<^ smooth navigation • easy ordering 

In business since 1988, TC Computers 

sells fully configured systems, mother- 
boards, and name-brand peripherals. 
The company's specialty is mother- 
boards: It tests each one prior to 
shipping and bundles a step-by-step 
installation video. 




tcwo.com 

<^ smooth navigation • good return 
policy 

Thompson's Computer Warehouse 
Outlet Center offers "wholesale com- 
puter parts to the public." The selection 
is small — you may find only a dozen 
monitors or four CD-ROM drives— but 
the prices are fantastic. Browse the 
selection or print out a complete price 
sheet for easy reference. 



techstore.com 

<4 smooth navigation • easy ordering 

TechStore offers hardware in dozens of 

categories, ranging from CPU upgrades 

to storage devices. The site a\so oilers 

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thortek.com 

(^ smooth navigation 

An array of computer accessories 
awaits ThorTek shoppers, including 
hard drives, notebook upgrades, 
peripherals, and software. 



tigerdirect.com 

<4 smooth navigation • easy ordering 

TigerDirect's site offers custom-built 
computers, tested and shipped within 
48 hours. Shoppers in the mood for an 
adventure can order a build-it-yourself 
custom PC kit. 

truedataonline.com 

<^ smooth navigation 

True Data Technology's selection 
spans desktops, laptops, and palmtops, 
with an exceptional catalog of mother- 
boards, hard drives, and other upgrade 
accessories. The site also features 
communication essentials for 
businesses, including DSL equipment 
and telephony products. 

www.usbstuff.com 

Looking for gadgets to plug into your 
new Universal Serial Bus-equipped 
computer? USB Stuff has it all, includ- 
ing digital cameras, CD-RW drives, 
printers, modems, hubs, input devices, 
cables, and adapters. A sister site at 
www.firewirestuff.com stocks IEEE 
1 394/FireWire-compatible hardware. 

usedcomputer.com 

(^ index of nonprofit organizations 
accepting computer donations 

Used Computer Mall is a marketplace 
for used computer equipment. Shop- 
pers can list hardware to sell or look for 
items to buy using the free classified 
ads. The site can also help you appraise 
equipment. 

warehouse.com 

(^ smooth navigation • easy ordering 

The five "warehouses" under 
MicroWarehouse's roof sell PC hard- 
ware and software, Mac products, net- 
working components, and supplies. The 
site provides corporate, educational, 
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axissys.com 

The Axis Systems Web store offers a 
best-price guarantee on its preconfig- 
ured notebooks, servers, desktops, and 
workstations. 



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i£ systems available with Linux pre- 
installed • smooth navigation • good 
return policy 

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gateway.com 

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One of the biggest names in online 
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software. The build-to-order option 
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kaypro.com 

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Micro Express offers custom -config- 
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www.earthlink.com 

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free.msn.com 

MSN Internet Access costs $21 .95 per 
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■ 17" (16.0" vis, .26dp) E770 Monitor 

■ 16MB ATI Rage ™ 128 Pro ■ 48X Max CD-ROM Drive 

■ SoundBlaster 64V PCI LC Sound Card ■ harman/kardon Speakers 

■ V.90 56K Capable 6 PCI Telephony Modem for Windows* 

■ MS* Works Suite 2001 ■ MS* Windows* Me 

■ 3-Yr Limited Warranty 2 ■ 1-Yr At-Home Service 4 

■ 1 Year of DellNet™ by MSN* Internet Access 10 Included 

■ 3Com* HomeConnect" 10MB Phoneline PCI NIC 

■ NEW Dell™ Digital Audio Receiver with Acoustic Research 
Sequel Satellite Speakers 

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NEW Dell™ Dimension™ 8100 Series Desktop 



DELL™ NOTEBOOKS 



DELL INSPIRON 3800 



Design and Affordability 

■ Intel* Celeron™ Processor at 600MHz 

■ 12.1 "SVGA TFT Display 

■ 32MB 100MHz SDRAM 

■ 5GB 5 Ultra ATA Hard Drive 

■ Modular 24X Max CD-ROM Drive 

■ 2X AGP 8MB ATI Rage Mobility™ 3D' Video 

■ Internal V.90 56K Capable 6 FaxModem 

■ Li-Ion Battery with ExpressCharge™ Technology 

■ MS* Works Suite 2001 ■ MS* Windows* Me 

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Access 10 Included 

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DELL INSPIRON 4000 



NEW— Thin and Light 

■ Intel* Pentium* III Processor at 600MHz 
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■ 14.1" XG A TFT Display" 64MB 100MHz SDRAM 

■ 5GB 5 Ultra ATA Hard Drive 

■ Modular Removable 8X Max DVD-ROM Drive 

■ 2X AGP 8MB ATI Rage Mobility™ 128 3D* Video 

■ Internal V.90 56K Capable 6 FaxModem 

■ Li-Ion Battery with ExpressCharge™ 
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NEW— Multimedia Mobile Desktop 

■ Intel* Pentium* III Processor at 700MHz 

■ 15" Super XGA+ TFT Display 

■ 64MB 100MHz SDRAM 

■ 10GB 5 Ultra ATA Hard Drive 

■ 8X Max DVD-ROM Drive 

■ NEW 32MB AGP 4X ATI Rage Mobility™-M4 
3D* Video 

■ Internal V.90 56K Capable 6 FaxModem 

■ 59WHr Li-Ion Battery ■ harman/kardon Audio 

■ MS* Works Suite 2001 ■ MS* Windows* Me 

■ 3-Yr Limited Warranty 2 

■ 3-Yr Next-Business-Day On-site Service 4 

■ 1 Year of DellNet™ by MSN* Internet 
Access 10 Included 



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DELL DESKTOPS: 



DELL DIMENSION LSeries 



Affordable Desktop Solution 

■ Intel* Pentium* III Processor at 800MHz 

■ 64MB SDRAM ■ 10GB 5 Ultra ATA Hard Drive 

■ 15" (13.8" vis) E551 Monitor 

■ Intel* 3D* AGP Graphics 

■ 48X Max CD-ROM Drive 

■ SoundBlaster 64V PC LC Sound Card 

■ PC Speakers 

■ V.90 56K Capable 6 PCI DataFax Modem 
for Windows* 

■ MS* Works Suite 2001 ■ MS* Windows* Me 

■ 3-Yr Limited Warranty 2 ■ 1-Yr At-Home Service 4 

■ 1 Year of DellNet™ by MSN* Internet 
Access 10 Included 



$849 



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DELL DIMENSION 4100Ser.es 



Advanced Performance, Smart Value 

■ Intel* Pentium* III Processor at 1GHz 

■ 128MB SDRAM at 133MHz 

■ 40GB 5 Ultra ATA-100 Hard Drive 

■ 17" (16.0" vis, .26dp) M781s Monitor 

■ NEW 32MB DDR ATI Radeon™ 4X AGP Graphics 

■ 8X/4X/32X Max CD-RW Drive 

■ SB Live! Value Digital 

■ Altec Lansing* ACS-340™ Speakers 
with Subwoofer 

■ V.90 56K Capable 6 PCI Telephony Modem 
for Windows* 

■ MS* Works Suite 2001 ■ MS* Windows* Me 

■ 3-Yr Limited Warranty 2 ■ 1-Yr At-Home Service 4 

■ 1 Year of DellNet™ by MSN* Internet 



Access 10 Included 



$16990 



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SOFTWARE & ACCESSORIES 



Printers: 

■ HP* DeskJet* 952C, add $199 after $50 
HP* MaiUn Rebate \fteg. $249^ 

■ HP* DeskJet* 932C, add $149 after $50 
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■ HP* ScanJet* 5300Cse, add $149 after $50 
HP* Mail-In Rebate (Reg. $199) M 

■ HP* ScanJet* 4300Cse, add $99 after $50 
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Power Protection: 

■ Pro8T2 SurgeArrest, add $39 

Software: 

■ Ultimate Sports Pack Plus 
(Dimension™ only) 16 , add $99 

■ Home Reference 4-pack 16 , add $79 



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Advanced Performance, Smart Value 

■ Intel* Pentium* III Processor at 866MHz 

■ 64MB SDRAM at 133MHz 

■ 20GB 5 Ultra ATA-100 Hard Drive (7200 RPM) 

■ 17" (16.0" vis, .26dp) M781s Monitor 

■ 16MB ATI Rage™ 128 Pro ■ 48X Max CD-ROM Drive 

■ SB Live! Value Digital ■ harman/kardon Speakers 

■ V.90 56K Capable 6 PCI Telephony Modem 
for Windows* 

■ MS* Works Suite 2001 ■ MS* Windows* Me 

■ 3-Yr Limited Warranty 2 ■ 1-Yr At-Home Service 4 

■ Pro8T2 SurgeArrest 

■ 1 Year of DellNet™ by MSN* Internet 
Access 10 Included 



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DELL DIMENSION 8100Series 



Cutting-Edge Technology 

■ Intel* Pentium* 4 Processor at 1.4GHz 

■ 128MB RDRAM ■ 40GB 5 Ultra ATA-100 Hard Drive 

■ 19" (17.9" vis, .24-25AG) P991 
FD Trinitron* Monitor 

■ NEW 32MB DDR ATI Radeon™ 4X AGP Graphics 

■ 12X Max DVD-ROM Drive ■ SB Live! Value Digital 

■ Altec Lansing* THX-Certified ADA-885™ 
Dolby* Digital Speakers with Subwoofer 

■ V.90 56K Capable 6 PCI Telephony Modem 
for Windows* 

■ Integrated 3Com* 10/100 Ethernet Controller 

■ MS* Works Suite 2001 ■ MS* Windows* Me 

■ 3-Yr Limited Warranty 2 ■ 1-Yr At-Home Service 4 

■ 1 Year of DellNet™ by MSN* Internet 



Access 10 Included 

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FINANCING & SERVICES 



Payment Solutions: 

■ Dell™ Monthly Purchase Plan - Enjoy easy-to- 
budget, low monthly payments. Systems as low 
as $26 a month for 45 months using the 90 Days 
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■ Dell™ E-Check - One convenient electronic 
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Service Upgrades: 

■ Dell™ Dimension™ Premier 3-Yr At-Home 
Service 4 , add $99 

■ Dell™ Inspiron™ 3800 and 4000 Notebook 3-Yr 
Next-Business-Day On-site Service 4 , add $149 




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details) and other surcharges for access may 
apply. Must register within 30 days of receiving 
computer and accept DellNet/MSN Terms of 
Service. You agree to be billed monthly fees 
after the initial service period. You may cancel 
service at any time. Offer valid for new cus- 
tomers only in U.S. households and must be 
over 18 years old with major credit card. 
Limited time offer. "Monthly payment based 
on 13.99% APR FOR QUALIFIED CUSTOMERS. 
OFFER VARIES BY CREDITWORTHINESS OF 
CUSTOMER AS DETERMINED BY LENDER. 
Under 90 Days Same As Cash feature, interest 
accrues during first 90 days if balance not 
paid within 90 days. Customers not eligible 
for 90 Days Same As Cash feature may be 
offered standard 48-month financing with 
APRs ranging from 16.99% to 23.99%. 
Example: $1,650 purchase price, at 18.99%, 
48 monthly payments at $50. Taxes and shipping 
charges extra and vary. From American 
Investment Bank, N.A. to U.S. residents with 
approved credit. Availability may be limited 
in some states. Limited time offer. 

Prices, specifications, and availability may change 
without notice. Taxes and shipping charges extra, and 
vary. Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. 
U.S. only. Offer valid for Dell Home Systems Co. only. For a 
copy of our Guarantees or Limited Warranties, write Dell 
USA L.P., Attn: Warranties, One Dell Way, Round Rock, 
Texas 78682. ; At-Home or on-site service provided via 
third-party contract with customer. Technician 
will be dispatched, if necessary, following phone-based 
troubleshooting. To receive Next-Business-Day service, 
Dell must notify the service provider before 5 pm 
(customer's time). Availability varies. Other conditions 
apply. 5 For hard drives, GB means 1 billion bytes; accessible 
capacity varies with operating environment. "Download 
speeds limited to 53Kbps. Upload speeds are less (about 
30Kbps) and vary by modem manufacturer and line 
conditions. Analog phone line and compatible server 
required. "Software, packaging, or documentation 
may differ from retail versions. J8 For rebate details 
and coupons, call 800-728-9665 for HP. Intel, the 
Intel Inside logo, and Pentium are registered trademarks, 
and Intel SpeedStep and Celeron are trademarks 
of Intel Corporation. MS, Microsoft, MSN, and 
Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. 
3Com is a registered trademark of 3Com Corporation. 
HP and DeskJet are registered trademarks of 
Hewlett-Packard Corporation. Rio Audio is a trademark of RioPort 
Trinitron is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation. 
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■ 19" (18.0" vis, .26dp) M991 Monitor 

■ 32MB DDR NVIDIA™ TNT2 M64 4X AGP Graphics 

■ 48X Max CD-ROM Drive 

■ SB Live! Value Digital ■ harman/kardon Speakers 

■ V.90 56K Capable 6 PCI Telephony Modem for Windows* 

■ Integrated 3Com* 10/100 Ethernet Controller 

■ MS* Works Suite 2001 ■ MS* Windows* Me 

■ 3-Yr Limited Warranty 2 ■ 1-Yr At-Home Service 4 

■ 1 Year of DellNet™ by MSN* Internet Access 10 Included 



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efax.com 

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EFax.com makes working with faxes 
as convenient as using e-mail. The 
basic eFax service is free and allows 
you to receive faxes and voice mail in 
your e-mail box. A subscription to the 
eFax Plus service adds OCR tools and 
the ability to send faxes. 



e-stamp.com 

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print postage 

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hardware 

E-Stamp lets you buy postage over the 
Internet, then print that postage on your 
printer. You can use E-Stamp to send 
first-class, Priority Mail, Express Mail, 
and parcel-post items. The site sells 
envelopes, labels, postage scales, and 
other mailing supplies. 



www.fedworld.gov/taxsear.htm 

<^ smooth navigation • order federal 
tax information on CD-ROM 

At Fed World you'll find downloadable 
tax forms for tax years 1 992 through 
1 999 and instructions on filling them 
out, as well as IRS publications, tax 
tables, and tax regulations. 



iprint.com 

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With the help of iPrint.com, creating 
personalized items for business is a 
snap. Place your mark on stationery, 
rubber stamps, business cards, and 
sticky notepads, or create your own 
promotional items like key chains, 
T-shirts, and golf balls. 



mimeo.com 

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Mimeo offers Internet-based document 
printing, binding, and delivery. Use the 
special software to print proposals and 
presentations from your PC, selecting 
your custom printing and binding 
options. The documents will be deliv- 
ered the next day anywhere in the 
United States or Canada. 



officedepot.com 



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areas • smooth navigation • easy 
ordering • good return policy 

Office Depot sells everything for the 
office: file folders to filing cabinets, 
briefcases to bookcases. Office Depot 
provides free downloadable business 
forms, letter templates, and spread- 
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www.officemax.com 

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• good return policy 

Whether you need a palette of PDAs or 
just a box of low-tech paper clips, you'll 
find it at OfficeMax. The site sells an 
enormous variety of paper products, 
writing instruments, furniture, office 
machines, and technology products. 



paycheckcity.com 

Paycheck City provides Web-based 
calculators to verify the accuracy of 
payroll checks. Employers can use the 
site to complete W-4 forms, and 
employees can verify what they should 
be paying in federal, state, and Social 
Security taxes. New tools include an 



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and a stock-option calculator. 



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SmartShip makes it easy to select the 
right carrier for your shipments. Enter 
the weight and other details about your 
package, and the site will help you 
choose the best major carrier, whether 
your priority is speed or cost. 




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www.ssa.gov 

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The Social Security Administration's 

site can make the necessary task of 
paying Social Security understandable 
to small-business owners. The Guide 
for Employers offers detailed help with 
employer wage-filing responsibilities. 
The FAQ answers questions about 
documentation and filing deadlines. 



stamps.com 

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Stamps.com lets customers buy 
postage online and print it using an 
inkjet or laser printer. You can send 
items first-class, Priority Mail, and 
Express Mail. Delivery confirmation and 
certified mail are also available. 



webex.com 

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collaboration 

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WebEx is an online collaboration sys- 
tem that hosts thousands of daily meet- 
ings. Share documents and applications 
with colleagues who have your meet- 
ing-room password and the WebEx 
plug-in. Free "virtual offices" offer 
personalized conference rooms with 
online calendar, address-book, 
document-storage, and directory tools. 



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bestbuy.com 

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• good return policy 

Best Buy's site offers a fine selection 
of home audio and video components, 
portable audio gadgets, digital and tra- 
ditional cameras, camcorders, and 
accessories. 



consumer-direct.com 

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Shopping for something simple, such as 
a surge protector? Or complicated, like 
a C-Band satellite receiver? Either way, 
Consumer Direct Warehouse provides 
a vast selection. 



crutchfield.com 

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• good return policy 

In business for 26 years, Crutchfield 
assembles an impressive catalog of 
audio and video products for your home 
and car. Inexpensive two-day shipping 
is standard for most orders. The Info 
Center offers glossaries, guides to 
choosing A/V components, and 
installation tips. 



800.com 

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• good return policy 

Home electronics is the name of the 
game at 800.com, a site stocking an 
unbeatable selection of home audio and 
video components, digital cameras, 
personal audio devices, and telephones. 
Customer service includes the Expert 
Advice center, live online help, and 
community forums. (CNET Networks, 
Computer Shopper's parent company, is 
an investor in 800.com.) 



etown.com 

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can vary among etown.com partners 

Consumer electronics is the focus at 
etown.com, a site offering gadgets 
such as cordless phones and flat- 
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mative features, and a knowledge bank 
that explains how to buy, use, and 
troubleshoot equipment. (CNET 
Networks, Computer Shopper's parent 
company, is an investor in etown.com.) 



gadgetuniverse.com 

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• good return policy 

You'll discover gadgets galore at 
Gadget Universe — from useful ones 
(clocks, stereos, and phones) to fun 
gizmos. The selection includes items for 
your car, home, and office. 



giantsavings.com 

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GiantSavings.com offers a wide 
selection of home electronics, ranging 
from DVD players to PDAs. 



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mercata.com 

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Mercata promises "group buying 
power" on electronics, computers, and 
products for the home. The site offers 
time-limited buying opportunities in 
which a product's price drops as more 
people decide to buy. 



globe-mart.com 



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policy 

Global Mart's electronics area offers 
audio/video components, flat-panel dis- 
plays, digital cameras, and multifunc- 
tion printers. The selection also includes 
handheld PCs and uninterruptible 
power supplies. 



hifi.com 

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Hifi.com has home-audio and home- 
theater products to please budget 
shoppers and discriminating audio- 
philes. Unique features and policies, 
including price-matching, a trade-in 
program, and extended warranty 
refunds, set it apart. 



igo.com 

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The iGo site sells electronic necessities 
for folks on the go, 
including PDAs, cellu- 
lar phones, and carry- 
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nae, batteries, and 
other accessories for 
users of mobile digital devices. 




theweb-shop.com 

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wide variety of home-electronics offer- 
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equipment, cameras, camcorders, and 
home and car audio. 



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abbeycamera.com 

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good-condition used equipment. The 
automated buying service gives an 
immediate quote on what KEH will pay 
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See a large selection of film scanners, 
video cameras, and accessories. 



photoalley.com 

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navigation • easy ordering • good 
return policy 

From Agfa to Yashica, if it has a lens, 
it's at Photo Alley. This site features a 
catalog of more than 1 1 ,000 products, 
ranging from cameras and gadget bags 
to camcorders and even binoculars. 



photohighway.com 

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PhotoHighway.com serves up digital- 
camera reviews, product news, tips, 
and techniques that will help in your 
transition from film to digital photogra- 
phy. The "price patrol" compares online 
photofinishers and photo printers, and 
live chat events let members ask the 
experts digital-photography questions. 

ritzcamera.com 

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than $50 • smooth navigation • easy 
ordering • good return policy 

In addition to offering cameras and 
accessories, Ritz Camera also sells 
photo albums and frames. Shoppers 
with a retail location nearby can see 
their photos online in one hour, then 
order reprints or merchandise with a 
photo on it. 

servicemerchandise.com 

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policy 

^i many items only available for 

in-store pickup 

In business for nearly 40 years, 
Service Merchandise is a catalog 
showroom offering jewelry, home 
accessories, and travel items. The 
Cameras area of its Web site sells 
35mm, digital, and Advanced Photo 
System (APS) cameras, as well as 
binoculars and telescopes. 



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www.alibris.com 

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book for a month and e-mail you 

• smooth navigation • easy ordering 

• good return policy 



Alibris offers one-stop searching 
and browsing of hundreds of 
independent booksellers around 
the globe. You don't have to be a 
book collector to appreciate the mas- 
sive selection in categories from 
romance to computers. 



amazon.com 

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items in person-to-person auctions 
• discussion boards and member Web 
pages • smooth navigation • easy 
ordering • good return policy 

Amazon. corn's catalog of books, 
CDs, and videos is nothing short of 
gargantuan. Speedy searches and 
insightful recommendations make it 
easy to find what you're looking for, 
even if you don't know for sure what 
that is. 



audible.com 

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Audible delivers the next generation of 
books on tape. Buy and download audio 
programs, such as The Wall Street 
Journal or best-selling books. Then 
listen to the programs on your PC or a 
portable player. 



bn.com 

<^ smooth navigation • easy ordering 
• good return policy 

With millions of titles in its catalog, 
Barnes & Noble's site is a book 
lover's dream. If the book you want is 
out of print, don't despair: Barnes & 
Noble has associations with used-book 
sellers across the country. The site 
also offers e-books, music, DVDs, 
videos, posters, software, and maga- 
zines. 



bookfinder.com 

<^ mailing list for booksellers 

BookFinder is a search engine that 
scans the databases of 20,000 book- 
sellers to find new, used, rare, and out- 
of-print books. It's a quick way to 
search many independent bookstores 
at once for hard-to-find titles. 



borders.com 

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the enormous Borders stores, you'll 
appreciate this vast site. It offers 10 
million books, CDs, and videos. 



cdnow.com 

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navigation • easy ordering • good 
return policy 

CDnow is a megasite offering an 
extensive catalog of titles on vinyl, cas- 
sette, and CD. RealAudio sound clips 
and reviews are available for many of 
the discs. The Album Advisor learns 
your musical tastes and suggests other 
bands you'll enjoy. 



cdworld.com 

(^ smooth navigation • easy ordering 
• read reviews of software and books, 
and write your own 

CDworld.com sells software, video 
games, movies, and music — more than 
half a million items in all. You can get 
movies on videotape, DVD, laserdisc, or 
movie CD. Video-game choices include 
Dreamcast, Nintendo, and PlayStation, 
as well as PC and Mac titles. 



checkout.com 

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CheckOut.com is the virtual door to 
Warehouse Music, offering music, 
movies, and video games. The site 
serves up lively interviews and product 
reviews, entertaining downloads, and 
celebrity chats. 



codysbooks.com 

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Passover books and merchandise • 20 
to 30 percent discounts on best-sellers 

An independent bookstore based in 
Berkeley, Calif., Cody's Books offers a 
searchable catalog of its 150,000 in- 
stock titles. In addition, the store can 
order any in-print book, plus books 
published in some other countries. The 
site offers thoughtful recommendations 
and reading lists. 



dvdempire.com 

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DVD Empire is dedicated to DVDs. The 
site stocks thousands of titles, offers 



reviews, and accepts preorders. If 
you're hungry for the latest releases, 
subscribe to the site's newsletter for 
DVD release lists. 



emusic.com 

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EMusic.com offers downloadable MP3 
music — more than 1 30,000 titles from 
6,700 artists. You can purchase an indi- 
vidual song, usually for 99 cents, or 
download an entire album for about $9. 
Subscribe, and you can get unlimited 
MP3 downloads for as low as $9.99 
per month. 



www.express.com 

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• good return policy 

Express.com sells DVD movies, music, 
video games, and electronics. You'll find 
plenty of information about each title, 
and preordering hot releases is a 
breeze. The Auction area offers col- 
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entertainment. At the custom CD store, 
shoppers can design their own compi- 
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MuzicDepot.com has just about any 
in-print CD or cassette, as well 
as information about out-of-print titles. 
Tell the Muzic Advizor about your 
tastes, and it will recommend other 
artists you may enjoy. The site also 
offers DVD and VHS movies. 



powells.com 

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return policy 

Book lovers know Powell's as an inde- 
pendently owned megastore in 
Portland, Ore. You can search Powell's 
renowned selection of new and used 
books at its Web store. Browse through 
the staff picks and recommendation 
center for more great reads. 



samgoody.com 



The Tower Records site offers a 
huge selection of music and 
videos. The search tool lets you 
find music based on the artist, the 
album, or even the name of a single 
song. 



virginmega.com 

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• good return policy 

Visit Virgin's legendary music and 
video store without taking a trip to 
Times Square. The megastore's site 
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DVDs, and videos, with thoughtful com- 
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www.towerrecords.com 

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Many of the companies touting e-books don't understand that most 
of us don't want to read Moby Dick or the latest Stephen King 
novel on a computer. In contrast, ibooks.com offers online books that 
make sense. Its collection of 1 ,000 digital books focuses primarily on 
computer-oriented reference titles — books that suit this medium. 
Most of the books offered here are on technical topics such as program- 
ming, databases, and multimedia — perfect when you need a reference 
manual about Perl or desktop publishing while you're working at the 
computer. You'll find popular titles from mainstream technical publishers 

including O'Reilly & Associates 
and Sybex. 

A nifty preview feature 
allows you to peruse books' 
tables of contents and front 
matter, garbling the main text 
until you buy the book. When 
you're ready, enter your credit- 
card number, and the book will 
be available instantly. These 

I" e-books are less expensive 
than their paper counterparts — typically $2 to $10 less than the prices at 
Amazon.com. Books can be read online with any Web browser (no spe- 
cial software is needed) or printed for offline perusal. 
A collection of genuinely useful free titles — including Linux documen- 
tation and programming tutorials — provides a taste of how the site 
works. A personal bookshelf provides quick access to books that you've 
bought and free titles of interest. 



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You can discover plenty of unusual gifts 
at euroToyShop, a U.S. company that 
specializes in European toys. The selec- 
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trains, pull toys, and figurines. 



fao.com 

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navigation • good return policy 

FA0 Schwarz's illustrious house of 
toys has a neat and orderly Web store. 
"Specialty Boutiques" include Madame 
Alexander dolls, FAO Girl, and a Bargain 
Bazaar. 



hearthsong.com 

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navigation • good return policy 

HearthSong's toy area offers a distinc- 
tive array of timeless art and craft sup- 
plies, games, and puzzles. You'll find 
fun and educational classics, without a 
single Disney or Pokemon character in 
the catalog. 



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the skills it helps develop, such as 
mathematics and cooperative play. 



kbkids.com 

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• good return policy 

Shoppers will appreciate the selection 
of software, video games, videos, and 
toys at KBkids.com. Read product 
reviews and offer your own. If your child 
needs to be the first on the block with a 
new toy, you can preorder it here. 




smarterkids.com 

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navigation • easy ordering • good 
return policy 

The folks at SmarterKids.com rate and 
test every toy before deciding whether 
it's fit for sale. Browse by character, 
theme, or the age of the child. The 
Family Resource Center features expert 
columns and activity ideas. 




toysrus.com 



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Toys R Us has moved its mammoth toy 
site under the Amazon.com umbrella. 
The site offers a wide range of toys, 
from bicycles to video games. 
Babiesrus.com offers infant toys, cribs, 
strollers, and other products for the 
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Visitors are the lifeblood of any busi- 
ness Web site. You have to get peo- 
ple to visit your site before you can 
show them you have what they want. But 
how do you know if your site is living up to 
its potential? By analyzing and quantifying 
what your visitors are doing, you'll often 
find you can fine-tune your site to make it 
easier to use, and ultimately increase traffic. 

Fortunately, Web technology has evolved 
to the point where you now have a great set 
of low-cost, and even free, choices for col- 
lecting information on your traffic. General- 
ly, the data-collection options fall into two 
classes: third-party Web services and log- 
analysis products. 

With the Web-service approach, you 
embed special HTML code into your page 
referencing a Web-statistics site such as a 
banner-ad exchange or access counter. Many 
ad exchanges, such as LinkExchange.com, 
offer traffic analysis as part of their service 
offerings, because they need to track many 
of the same statistics about the number of 
times a page — and thus an ad — was seen. 
Access-counter services, such as HitBox.com 
(www.hitbox.com) and SiteTr acker 
(www.sitetracker.com), provide no-cost 
services in exchange for a graphic on your 
page that refers back to their services, giving 
them a free ad on your page. These services 
also offer premium paid services that don't 
require you to display their ads. (For more 
choices in third-party Web services, conduct 
a search for "access counters" or "banner 
exchanges," and don't forget the quotation 
marks.) 



Activity-measurement 

tools tell you how 
visitors come to your 
site and what they do 
when they get there. 

Using these traffic services is nearly 
effortless. Once you've put the required 
HTML code on your pages, the service 
will begin to collect the data. Most services 
update your statistics at least daily, so 
you'll get quick feedback on what's hap- 
pening at your site. To view your statistics, 
simply visit the service's Web site and log 
in to your account. Most services provide a 
wide variety of reports in both graphical 
and tabular format; some provide the data 
in downloadable form so you can do fur- 
ther analysis with a program such as 
Microsoft Excel. 

The downside of these services is they 
collect only the most basic statistics: visits 
and page views. The privacy of your visitors 
is also a concern; you're telling some third 
party about the comings and goings of all 
the users on your site. Advertising networks 
such as Doubleclick (www.doubleclick.net) 
have described plans to track users with per- 
sonally identifiable data. This has led many 
users to block the cookies used to track 
them, which greatly reduces the accuracy of 
Web-traffic services. 



LOGS TO THE RESCUE 

Fortunately, there's a second way to mea- 
sure Web traffic — log analysis. Every Web 
server keeps a detailed log of the pages it 
sends, including the date, time, requesting 
IP address, and name of the file sent. You 
can process these log files with a log-analysis 
program that generates reports. Many log- 
analysis programs are available, with prices 
ranging anywhere from free to thousands of 
dollars. For a good list search for "long- 
analysis tools." One example is Flowerfire's 
Sawmill 5.0 (www.flowerfire.com/sawmill5). 
The $200 program uses an interview format 
to guide through browsing log-file statistics. 
To download a popular freeware or share- 
ware product, search ZDNet Downloads 
(www.zdnet.com/downloads) for "log analy- 
sis." (ZDNet is owned by CNET Networks, 
Computer Shopper's parent company.) 

Log analysis doesn't depend on a third- 
party Web-service site, so it's more accurate. 
On the downside, it requires access to your 
server's log files. If you're using a shared- 
server Web-hosting plan, your package may 
not offer log-file access. To save disk space, 
some hosting services will turn on logging 
only if you request it. Others don't allow log 
access, but provide log-file analysis as part of 
their packages. That may be sufficient if the 
summaries are good, but many of these 
bundled summaries aren't detailed enough 
to give you a good picture of what's going 
on at your site. Check with your hosting 
company to determine its policies. 

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can't run the log-analysis program on the 
Web server itself — which will be the case 
with most shared-server hosting plans — you'll 
need to transfer the log file to another com- 
puter and run the log analysis there. 

Log-analysis programs can be either 
browser-based or Windows programs. A 
Windows program works well if you down- 
load the log files to your own PC and run the 
program from there. Browser-based inter- 
faces usually don't offer all the conveniences 
of a Windows program, but they're the bet- 
ter choice if you're analyzing the logs right 
on the Web server. A Web interface also 



Remember that the popularity of a page isn't 
based only on its content, but on how you've 
placed the link on your site. You may want to 
experiment with your home-page organiza- 
tion to see how it affects these traffic mea- 
sures. Inevitably, you'll find your home page 
is the most common entry page. A smaller 
number of users enter the site through book- 
marked pages or search-engine hits. 

You can tell when another Web site is link- 
ing to your site by using a referrer report. 
(Visitors who come to your site by typing in a 
URL or using a bookmark won't have a refer- 
rer, but most other visitors will unless they've 
blocked that feature in their browsers.) By vis- 




gives multiple users access to the data from 
remote locations. This can be difficult with a 
Windows program that's tied to a single PC. 

READING REPORTS 

The most basic information any site-mea- 
surement service or program provides is a 
summary of visitors. Traffic patterns can tell 
you a lot about visitors and how they're find- 
ing out about your site. If traffic is heavier 
during the middle of a weekday, visitors are 
probably browsing from work. A quick traf- 
fic spike on one particular day that dies off 
within a few hours usually indicates your 
site was mentioned on a TV or radio show. 
Magazine mentions tend to boost traffic at a 
slower pace, but they're more sustained 
because people may read the printed article 
long after it was published. 

You'll also want to determine which 
pages on your site are the most popular. 



iting the Web sites that are referring to your 
site, you can tune in to what others are saying 
about it. If the buzz is negative, you can con- 
tact the site and try to resolve the problem. 
Conversely, if the sites are friendly, you may 
want to discuss ad-banner swaps or other 
partnerships to share traffic. 

Search-engine hits are another important 
source of traffic for many sites. Some services 
and programs can provide a list of search- 
engine hits that accessed your site, and more 
important, the keywords used in the search. 
This gives you a lot of information about 
what visitors are looking for when they visit 
the site, and you can adapt your design and 
site organization to satisfy those needs. 

One measure of a site's popularity is how 
often it's put on users' favorites lists. Each 
time an Internet Explorer user adds a site to 
Favorites, the browser requests the file FAVI- 
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Here are some key terms to 
know when analyzing site traffic. 

• Entry and exit pages: The first and last 
pages a visitor requests from your site 
during a visit. 

• Hit: A request for any type of file from 
the Web server. Because a single page 
view may result in many more hits to 
retrieve graphics on the page, hits aren't 
considered a useful measure of site traffic. 

• Impression: The display of an advertising 
banner. If your pages had an ad banner at 
the top, bottom, and side of the page, 
you'd be delivering three impressions per 
page view. 

• Page view: A request by a browser for 
one of the HTML pages on your site. 

• User: A uniquely identifiable browser 
that who visits a site. Browser "cookies" 
or a log-in process are used to recognize 
the browser in later visits. Note that 
this doesn't necessarily imply you know 
who the user is, only that the same user 
has returned. 

• Visit: A set of page views by the same 
browser. The end of a visit occurs when 
no pages have been viewed for a period 
of time, typically 20 or 30 minutes. If 
the same browser returned after more 
than 30 minutes, it would be considered 
a separate visit. 



the file isn't there, Internet Explorer will use a 
default icon. Using log analysis, you can count 
how often the FAVICON.ICO file is request- 
ed, and that's the number of Internet Explorer 
users who thought your site was good enough 
to bookmark. Netscape doesn't offer this fea- 
ture, so there's no similar way to tell when a 
Netscape user bookmarks your site. 

As good as Web statistics are, don't forget 
one of the simplest ways to find out about 
your visitors: ask. That's right, let people tell 
you why they came, why they left, and what 
improvements they'd like to see. It's impor- 
tant that this mail be read and answered 
promptly by a real person. But what if 
you're getting too much mail? That may be 
a sign that your site design needs improve- 
ment and isn't giving people the information 
they need. Use your Web-site activity reports 
as a tool to help you find and fix the prob- 
lems your visitors are identifying. T 



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emember when the only 
viruses you worried about 
were those hitchhiking 
into PCs through the 
floppy drive? When was the last time 
you used a floppy drive? Today, the 
single most common entry point 
for viruses, or, more accurately, 
malicious mobile code, is the 
e-mail in-box. Last year, the 
Melissa and ILOVEYOU viruses 
hijacked e-mail clients to skip 
around the world, leaving infected 
systems in their wake and demon- 
strating how dangerous open e-mail 
systems can be to the health and 
well-being of a company's tech infra- 
structure. And the risks of exposure 
will only grow. By the end of 2001, 
an estimated 1 billion e-mail addresses 
will exist worldwide, according to Eric 
Arnum, editor of Messaging Today (www. 
messagingonline.com). This year, between 
500 billion and 2 trillion e-mails will be sent, 
depending on whose calculations you follow 
By the first half of the year, the CERT 
Coordination Center, a reporting center for 
Internet security problems, had already 
received close to 9,000 incident reports — 
more than one-quarter of the total reported 
since 1988. 

Virtually unknown a few years ago, 
macro viruses now account for 68.8 percent 
of all instances of malicious mobile code, 
according to Vincent Weafer, director of the 
Symantec Antivirus Research Center 
(SARC). Coming in second were VBScript 
viruses, at 22 percent. The next point of 
attack for these two types of viruses will be 
PDAs and other wireless devices. 

Despite these threats, many administra- 
tors are reluctant to add the latest operat- 
ing-system update or security patch for fear 
of destabilizing their carefully balanced sys- 
tems. So what's a cautious company to do? 



DON'T RELy ON EDUCATION 

The successful spread of virtually every 
macro or script-based virus hinges on the 
user performing a "trigger" event to boot- 
strap it into action. But educating users on 
how viruses work, the danger they pose, 
and what not to do isn't enough to change 
their e-mail habits. 

Experts stress attempting to modify user 
behavior to thwart viral infections is a fool's 
game. Mike Serbinis, chief security officer 
for Critical Path (www.cp.net), an out- 
sourced e-mail service provider, says IT 
managers often blame end users for prolifer- 
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look at the problem," he says. "Viruses 
should be stopped at the server and service 
levels before they ever reach the end user." 

Roger Grimes, vice president of IT for 
MRD Technologies and author of the forth- 
coming book Malicious Mobile Code: 
Protecting Your Windows System (O'Reilly & 
Associates), concurs. "From a sysadmin level 
you can't assume end-user education will 
ever work," he says. "You have to prevent 
virus codes from getting to that stage." 

Experts recommend a layered defense of 
protective systems at key focal points: a care- 
fully tuned firewall at your company's Inter- 
net gateway, an antiviral filtering and quar- 
antining proxy attached to your mail server, 
and antivirus software on each desktop. 

Together, this defensive troika can spare 



your company from a majority of viral 
scourges. And when teamed with the ser- 
vices we discuss here, you can rest assured 
your antivirus signature databases are being 
updated every 5 minutes around the clock. 

Surprisingly, the worst offenders in a 
company are those in upper management. 
Although companies generally have security 
and virus policies in place and antivirus 
products installed, neither is updated fre- 
quently enough, and time and again new 
infections or breaches in security occur 
because those in upper management believe 
the rules don't apply to them. Stephen 
Cobb, director of research and education for 
information-security solutions provider 
Rainbow Technologies' Spectria division 
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year's suspension of CIA director John 
Deutch for storing classified files on his 
unsecured home PC. "If you can't trust the 
director of the CIA to follow existing securi- 
ty directives, can you trust the average 
corporate manager?" 

If those at the top follow the rules, and 
make it clear that others should do so as 
well or suffer the consequences, you'll see a 



person on each tech-support team as the local 
"antivirus czar." How many you'll need 
depends on your company's support-person- 
nel structure and mail-server distribution. 
Give each antivirus czar a cell phone and 
make sure everyone in the department has 
the number. Provide the czar with mail-serv- 
er-administrator and remote-management 
authorization, because the less time that 



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security is someone else's business to one 
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If a virus outbreak does occur, speed is criti- 
cal in minimizing the damage, regardless of 
your company's size. "If you have a virus on 
one workstation or one segment of your net- 
work and can trap it there, you're in much 
better shape," says Cobb. But the only way 
that's going to happen is if users know who 
to contact, and the notification then results 
in an instant response. If you don't have a 
defined strategy for dealing with infected 
e-mail or reporting outbreaks, create one. 

The best way to guarantee a quick 
response is to provide a single point of local 
contact, so users don't waste time figuring 
out the right person to call. Designate one 



elapses between the call and the mail-server 
shutdown, the better the chance of minimiz- 
ing the spread of the virus through e-mail. 
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virus alerts, your antivirus czar should sub- 
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delete attachments. Exchange admins have a 
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can download a copy from Microsoft's Web 
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Exchange Resource Kit or BackOffice 
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massive Exchange database operations, from 
extracting mailbox data to renaming entire 



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guage to its GUI platforms — function- 
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security, and any e-mails containing 
scripting commands can damage your 
system. (Remember the ILOVEYOU 
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files en masse from the main spool directory, 
where incoming and outgoing messages 
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Microsoft TechNet Security Bulletins 

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the firewall connection for viruses, and 
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Next, if you're running a POP3/SMTP 
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reaching your in-box at the mail server. Con- 
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software before heading to the Internet from 
the actual mail server. As mail passes 
through Norton Antivirus for Gate- 
ways, for instance, it's scoured for 
tag-along nasties. If found, the 
infected attachments are deleted or 
quarantined, depending on how 
you've set up the software. The sys- 
tem can then automatically notify 
the receiver, sender, and administra- 
tors that a virus was found in the 
specific e-mail. 

If you're using Lotus Notes or 
Microsoft Exchange, opt for a sim- 
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application such as Norton Anti- 
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Mail. Exchange administrators 
should also familiarize themselves 
with the new Exchange Virus Scan 
API (AVAPI) included with Micro- 
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and Microsoft Exchange 2000. 

Some products in this category, 
such as Symantec Mail-Gear, include 
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of 2001. 

To ensure servers include up-to-the- 
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complicated. An independent software vendor is porting an application to Linux 
and needs help with code. A single department within a large enterprise wants to deploy 
Linux because it requires customized applications. A startup has some Linux expertise on 
staff, but needs to get a system up to speed fast. The list of reasons businesses and devel- 
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Support sources include vendors and 
resellers, specialized service companies, and 
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service start at $9.95 per month. When you 
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free for 60 days. 

At press time, Eazel (www.eazel.com), 
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support. The company's services are avail- 
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preinstalled on the latest versions of Red 
Hat Linux. The service, which includes 
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well as some backup storage, was free at 
this writing. Advanced services, such as 
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VA Linux even offers its own Linux hard- 
ware. One customer, Yodlee.com, sought VA 



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TODM1402BARE 12X-40XDVD ATAPI 
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MITSUMI www.mitsumi.com 
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MITFX4820 48X/7200KB ATAPI 
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ACCESS CACHE PRICE 
85MS 256K $41 
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135/90MS 256K $100 
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85MS 128K $41 

135MS 2048K $102 

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YAMAHA www 


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MODEL! 


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ACCESS 


CACHE PRICE 


YACRW8824SOEM 8X/8X/24X SCSI 


140MS 


4096K $207 


YACRW8824EOEM 8X/8X/24X ATAPI 


140MS 


4096K $162 


YACRW8824S 


8X/8X/24X SCSI 


140MS 


4096K $209 


YACRW8824E 


8X/8X/24X ATAPI 


140MS 


4096K $167 


YACRW2100E 


16X/10X/40X ATAPI 


140MS 


4096K $279 


YACRW2100S 


16X/10X/40XSCSI 


140MS 


4096K $304 


SONY www.sony.com 






SY48XIDE 


48X/7200KB ATAPI 


85MS 


128K $40 


SYCRX140ECHOEM 8X/4X/32X ATAPI 


150MS 


4096K $157 


SYCRX140E/CH 


8X/4X/32X ATAPI 


150MS 


4096K $172 


SYCRX145S/CH 


10X/4X/32X SCSI 


150MS 


4096K $249 


SYCRX145E/CH 


10X/4X/32X ATAPI 


150MS 


4096K $209 


SYCRX160E/CH 


12X/8X/32X ATAPI 


150MS 


4096K $254 


SYCRX160S/CH 


12X/8X/32X SCSI 


150MS 


4096K $279 




TOSHIBA www.toshiba.com 
ALL TOSHIBA IDE NOTEBOOK DRIVES LISTED HAVE A 1YR WARRANTY 



MODEL! CAP.(MB) 
T04313MAT . .4300 . 
T06015MAP . .6000 . 
T01214GAP .12000 
T01814GAV .18100 
TO2016GAP . .20000 



.ACCESS/RPM .CACHE 
13MS/4200 . 1024K 
13MS/4200 ..1024K 
.13MS/4200 ..1024K 
13MS/4200 ..1048K 
.13MS/4200 ..1024K 



.FORM/HT . . 

.2.578.4MM 

.2.579.5MM 

.2.579.5MM 

.2.571 2MM . 

.2.579.5MM 



PRICE 
..$112 
..$117 
. .$157 
. $237 
. .$234 



ism www.ibm.com 
ALL IBM IDE NOTEBOOK DRIVES LISTED HAVE A 1YR WARRANTY 

MODEL! CAP.(MB) .ACCESS/RPM CACHE . . .FORM/HT PRICE 

IBM206000 .6000 . . .12MS/4200 ..512K . . . .2.5712.5MM ...$117 
IBM212000 ..12000 . 12MS/4200 512K . . . .2.579.5MM ....$159 

IBM218000 . .18000 . 12MS/4200 . 512K . . . .2.5712MM $237 

IBM220000 .20000 . .12MS/4200 . 512K . . . .2.579.5MM ....$239 
IBM230000 .30000 . .12MS/4200 . 512K . . . .2.5712.5MM ...$469 




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VIE773 17" .25DP 1280X1024 $236 

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VIGS771 17" 27DP 1280X1024 $284 

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VIGA771 17" 27DP 1280 X 1024 . .W/SPEAKERS $366 

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VIMB110 21" .26DP 1600 X 1280 . W/SPEAKERS $936 

VIP817 21" .25DP 2048X1536 $1431 

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5 1 1 3/168 440BX ATX $124 

5 1 1 3/168 440BX ATX $120 

6 1 1 4/168 VIA ATX $117 
6 CNR 1 3/168 81 5E ATX $127 



ABVA6 


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6 1 1 4/168 
PIII-1000 6 CNR 1 4/168 



VIA ATX $137 
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ABSA6R-RAID FCPGA 
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CPU PCI ISA AGP MEM CHPSET STYLE PRICE 
S0CKET7 3 2 1 3/168 M1541 AT $88 



6 1 1 3/168 KT133 ATX $134 

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6 1 1 3/168 KT133 ATX $156 

6 CNR 1 4/168 81 5E ATX $147 

5 1 4/168 VIA ATX $169 



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S0CKET7 5 2 1 3/168 M1541 ATX $89 



PII-600 
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PII-733 
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FCPGA 
PII-600 
PII-600 
FCPGA 

K7 
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4 3 1 3/168 440ZX ATX $95 
3 2 1 3/168 440ZX AT $99 
6 1 1 4/168 VIA133 ATX $110 

5 2 3/168 810 ATX $103 
5 1 1 3/168 VIA ATX $110 
3 2 1 3/168 440BX AT $123 
5 2 1 4/168 440BX ATX $122 
3 AMR 3/168 810 ATX $125 

5 1 3/168 VIA ATX $124 

6 1 4/168 440BX ATX $127 
6 2CNR 1 3/168 81 5E ATX $147 



ASA7V-W0A SOCKET A K7 5 1+AMR3/168 VIA 



ASP3CE 

ASP2BD 

ASP2BS 

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ASCUR-DLSU160 DUAL 

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PII-733 
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5 1 
4 2 
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5 1 
7 

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FICFA13 

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INSE440BX2WOAPII-700 
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IND815EEA 370-933 
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ATX $147 

1 2/RIMM 820 ATX $187 

1 4/168 440BX ATX $268 

1 4/168 440BX ATX $294 

1 3/RIMM 820 ATX $367 

1 4/168 440BX ATX $439 

1 2/RIMM 820 ATX $419 

ASMS 4/168 SRVRWKS ATX $709 

ASMS 4/168 SRVRWKS ATX $839 

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CPU PCI ISA AGP MEM CHPSET STYLE PRICE 
SOCKET7 3 3 1 3/168 VIA AT $69 
1 3/168 VIA/MVP AT 
1 4/168 440BX ATX 
1 3/168 VIA/MVP AT 
1 3/168 VIA ATX 
1 3/168 440BX ATX 
1 3/168 VIA ATX 



SOCKET7 

PII-600 
S0CKET7 

FCPGA 

FCPGA 

FCPGA 
SOCKET A K7 5 



4 2 

5 2 

4 2 

5 2 
5 2 
5 2 



$63 
$86 
$77 
$78 
$83 
$87 



3/168 VIA ATX $107 



www.intel.com 

CPU PCI ISA AGP MEM CHPSET STYLE PRICE 

3 2 1 3/168 440BX ATX $102 

3 2 1 3/168 440BX ATX $133 
5 1 AMR 2/RIMM 820 ATX $114 
5 CNR 3/168 81 5E ATX $122 
5 LAN 3/168 81 5E ATX $132 

4 2 4/168 440BX ATX $362 
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SKU CPU PCI ISA AGP MEM CHPSET STYLE PRICE 

MICMS-6163PROP11-600 5 2 1 3/168 440BX ATX $94 

MICMS-6309 370-933 5 1 1+AMR3/168 VIA 

1 1 3/168 AMD 

1 3/168 VIA 



ATX $94 
ATX $104 
ATX $114 



CNR 4/168 81 5E ATX $132 



MICMS-6195 K7 6 
MICK7TPR0 SOCKET A K7 6 
MICMS-815PRO 370-933 6 
MICK7TPR0100SCKTAK7 6 
MICMS-694DPRO DUAL370 5 
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SKU CPU PCI ISA AGP MEM CHPSET STYLE PRICE 
TYS1590S SOCKET7 4 4 1 3/168 VIA AT $89 



1 3/168 VIA 
1+CNR4/168 81 5E 



ATX $132 
ATX $147 



TYS1598S 

TYS1854 

TYS1830S 

TYS1598C2 

TYS2380 

TYS2390 

TYS1834 

TYS1832DL 

TYS2510NG 



S0CKET7 5 2 
PPGA/SLOT1 6 1 



1 3/168 
1 3/168 



VIA 
VIA 



ATX 
ATX 



$89 
$93 



PII-550 3 3 1 4/168 449BX AT $112 



SOCKET7 5 2 

K7 6 1 

SOCKET A K7 5 1 

DUAL 6 1 

DUAL 4 1 

DUAL 2 



1 



3/168 
1 3/168 
1 3/168 
1 4/168 



VIA 
VIA 
VIA 
VIA 



ATX $110 

ATX $99 

ATX $121 

ATX $138 



TYS2510U3NG DUAL 2 



1 4/168 440BX ATX $162 
LAN 4/168 SRVRWKS ATX $462 
LAN 4/168 SRVRWKS ATX $589 



IDE HARD DRIVES 



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ALL WESTERN DIGITAL IDE DRIVES LISTED HAVE A 
MODEL# CAP.(MB) ACCESS/RPM CACHE 



WD100EB 10200 

WD150EB 15000 

WD153AA 15300 

WD153BA 15300 

WD205AA 20500 

WD205BA 20500 

WD200BB 20000 

WD307AA 30700 

WD450AA 45000 

WD300BB 30000 

WD400BB 40000 



.9.5MS/5400 . . . .2048K 
.9.5MS/5400 . . . .2048K 
.9.5MS/5400 . . . .2048K 

.9 MS/7200 2048K 

.9.5MS/5400 . . . .2048K 

.9 MS/7200 2048K 

.9 MS/7200 2048K 

. .9.5MS/5400 . . . .2048K 
. .9.5MS/5400 . . . .2048K 

. .9 MS/7200 2048K 

. .9 MS/7200 2048K 



IMm www.ibm.com 
ALL IBM IDE DRIVES LISTED HAVE A 3YR 
MODEL! CAP.(MB) ACCESS/RPM 
IBM307020 . . . .20000 



.8.5MS/7200 . . . 
.8.5MS/7200 . . . 
.9.5MS/5400 . . . 
.8.5MS/7200 . . . 
.8.5MS/7200 . . . 
.8.5MS/7200 . . . 

www.maxtor.com 
ALL MAXTOR IDE DRIVES LISTED HAVE A 



IBM307030 
IBM305040 
IBM307045 
IBM307060 
IBM307075 



.30000 
.40000 
.45000 
.60000 
.75000 



3YR WARRANTY 


FORM/HT 


PRICE 


. . 3.571 "H . 


. . . .$92 


. .3.57TH . 


. . .$101 


. .3.571 "H . 


. . . .$99 


..3.571"H . 


...$112 


. .3.571 "H . 


...$109 


. 3.571"H . 


. . .$109 


.. 3.571 "H . 


. . .$132 


..3.571"H . 


...$117 


. . 3.571"H . 


...$138 


.. 3.571 "H . 


. . .$137 


.. 3.571 "H . 


. . .$169 


JTY 

FORM/HT 


PRICE 


.. 3.571 "H . 


. . .$126 


..3.57VH . 


. . .$139 


.. 3.571 "H . 


...$153 


.. 3.571 "H . 


. . .$172 


.. 3.571 "H . 


...$312 


.. 3.571 "H . 


. . .$414 



MODEL! 
MAX1 027200 
MAX1 535400 
MAX1 537200 
MAX2045400 
MAX2047200 
MAX2305400 
MAX3075400 
MAX3077200 
MAX4095400 
MAX4097200 
MAX61 45400 
MAX81 95400 



CAP.(MB) 
. .10200 
. .15300 
..15300 
. .20400 
. .20400 
. .23000 
. .30700 
. .30700 
. .40900 
. .40900 
. .61400 
. .81900 



ACCESS/RPM 
.9.5 MS/7200 
.9.5 MS/5400 
.9.5 MS/7200 
.9.5 MS/5400 
.9.5 MS/7200 
.9.5 MS/5400 
.9.5 MS/5400 
.9.5 MS/7200 
.9 MS/5400 . . 
.9.5 MS/7200 
.9 MS/5400 . . 
.9 MS/5400 . . 



WARRANTY 

CACHE 
.2048K 
.2048K 
.2048K 

2048K 
.2048K 
.2048K 

3YR WARRANTY 
CACHE FORM/HT 



.2048K 
.2048K 
.2048K 
.2048K 
2048K 
.2048K 
.2048K 
.2048K 
.2048K 
.2048K 
2048K 
.2048K 



3.571 "H 
3.571 "H 
3.571 "H 
3.571 "H 
3.571 "H 
3.571 "H 
3.571 "H 
3.571 "H 
3.571 "H 
3.571 "H 
3.571 "H 
3.571 "H 



Quantum www.quantum.com 
ALL QUANTUM IDE DRIVES LISTED HAVE 
MODEL! CAP.(MB) ACCESS/RPM 
QU320500LM . .20500 . .8.9MS/7200 . . 
QU330000LM . .30000 . .8.9MS/7200 . . 

fuJitsu www.fujitsu.com 
ALL FUJITSU IDE DRIVES LISTED HAVE A 



MODEL! 

FUJ3102AT 

FUJ3102AH 

FUJ3153AT 

FUJ3204AT 

FUJ3204AH 



CAP.(MB) 
. .10200 
. .10200 
. .15300 
. .20400 
. .20400 



ACCESS/RPM 
.10MS/5400 . 
.9.5MS/7200 . 
.10MS/5400 . 
10MS/5400 . 
9.5MS/7200 . 



A 3YR WARRANTY 
CACHE FORM/HT 
.2048K... 3.571 "H . 
.2048K... 3.571 "H . 

3YR WARRANTY 
CACHE FORM/HT 



. .512K . 
. .2048K 
. .51 2K . 
. .51 2K . 
. .2048K 



. 3.571 "H 
. 3.571 "H 
. 3.571 "H 
.3.571"H 
. 3.571 "H 



PRICE 
. . .$93 
. . .$92 
. .$102 
. .$107 
. .$109 
. .$109 
..$111 
. .$134 
. .$132 
. .$178 
. .$209 
. .$269 



PRICE 
..$117 
. .$142 



PRICE 
. . .$97 
. .$100 
. .$104 
. .$107 
. .$109 



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ALL WESTERN DIGITAL SCSI DRIVES LISTED HAVE A 5YR WARRANTY 



MODEL! CAP.(MB) ACCESS/RPM 

WD91FG 9100 . . .6.6MS/10000 

WD9150U160 . . .9100 . . .5.2MS/10000 
WD18310LW . . .18300 . .5.2MS/10000 
WD18310U160 . .18300 . .5.2MS/10000 

cnrSeagate www.seagate.com 
ALL SEAGATE SCSI DRIVES LISTED HAVE A 5YR WARRANTY 



CACHE FORM/HT 

.2048K ,...3.571"H 

.2048K 3.57VH 

.2048K .... 3.571 "H 

.2048K .... 3.571 "H 



MODEL! 

ST39236LW . 

ST39236LWV 

ST39216W . . 

ST318416W . 

ST318436LW 

ST318436LWV 

ST318404LW 

ST318451LW 

ST336704LW 

ST336704LWV 

ST173404LW 

ST173404LWV 



CAP.(MB) 
.9200 . 
.9200 . 
.9200 . 
.18400 
.18400 
.18400 
.18400 
.18400 
.36700 
.36700 
.73400 
.73400 



ACCESS/RPM 
.5.8MS/7200 . 
5.8MS/7200 . 
.5.8MS/7200 . 
5.8MS/7200 . 
.5.8MS/7200 . 
.5.8MS/7200 . 
.5.2MS/1 0,000 
.5.2MS/1 5,000 
.5.2MS/1 0,000 
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Int. (YCRW2100S) $329 
Ext. (YCRW2100SX) $389 



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Teac 4x4x6 USB [cdw54eusb] $229 

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Adaptec Easy-CD Creator $30 w/drive purchase Retail $89 
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Bundle version now supports Macintosh operating system. Win & Mac. 
Apple Toast CD-ROM Pro Retail $79 

The #1 mastering software for Macintosh. Supports Mac OS7 and later on 
Macintosh or compatible. 

Creative Digital Research HyCD for UNIX Retail version $1499 
HyCD Publisher works on SunOS, Solaris, and IRIX. It is used to develop 
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• WIDE SCSI DRIVES • 

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Teac CD540E 40X 85ms $43 $73 

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Acer CD650P SOX 85ms $41 $71 

Creative SBCD52 52X 100ms $40 $70 

Kenwood UCR421 72X 100ms $110 $140 

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HotPort External IDE CD case w/cable & card ihotporti $129 

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External USB [ZIP100USB1 $99 

Zip media [ZiPiooci 2-9/10+ $12/10 

• IOMEGA 250MB ZIP • 

Internal IDE [ZIP250A1 $149 

External for PC Parallel Port [PPZIP250] $149 

Eternal USB for PC or Mac [ZIP250USB] $165 

External SCSI for PC or Mac [ZIP2S0] $149 

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• SEAGATE 8GB TR4 • 

4GB native and 8GB compressed capacity. Backup rate up to 
60MB/min. Includes DOS/Win backup software, cable & 1 tape. 
Internal IDE, with 1 tape [STT28000AI $195 

External IDE, with 1 tape [STT28000AXI $315 

Internal SCSI, with 1 tape (STT28000N) $219 

External SCSI, with 1 tape ISTT28000NX] $279 

• HEWLETT PACKARD 10GB TR5 • 
Incl. backup soft, for Dos & Win, I tape & cable. TRS tapes $40 
SCSI Internal TR5 [C4394A] $359 

SCSI External TR5 (C4394AX ] $419 

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lOOMB/min Seagate STT2200BARE 
144MB/min Sony DDS-3 SDT9000AI 
120MB/min HP DDS-3 C1554AI 
288MB/min Sony DDS-4 SDT11000AI 
48MB/min Seagate STL496000N 
120MB/min HP C5648A 6 tape loader 
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High quality construction. Gold plated connections. Features built 
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cartridge with metal top and bottom covers. New IDE 66 is back- 
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COMPLETE KIT PLATINUM BLACK 

Includes 1 frame, and 1 cartridge 

IDE 66 with plastic cartridge (DP2200A66) $79 n/a 

IDE 66 with metal cartridge (DP2200AM66) $87 $96 

ULTRA WIDE SCSI (DP2200UW) $105 $1 14 

EXTRA CARTRIDGE 

Plastic IDE 66 (dpacart66) $42 n/a 

Metal IDE 66 (dpacartmw) $50 $60 

ULTRA WIDE SCSI (opuwcart) $61 $71 

EXTRA FRAME 

IDE 66 (DPAFRAME66) $44 

ULTRA WIDE SCSI (dpuwframe) $51 



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High quality construction. Gold plated connections. Features built 

in cooling fan with audible fan failure alarm, 

SCSI ID switch. Metal frame and cartridge construction. 

COMPLETE KIT PLATINUM BLACK 

Includes 1 frame, and 1 cartridge 

Ultra SCSI <dp22oosm) $ 1 08 $ 1 1 7 

ULTRA WIDE SCSI (DP2200UWM) $128 $137 

SCA (uses SCA drives) (dp220osca) $139 $149 

EXTRA CARTRIDGE 

Ultra SCSI (dpscartm) $61 $71 

ULTRA WIDE SCSI (dpuwcartm) $75 $85 

SCA (uses SCA drives) (dpscacart) $88 $98 

EXTRA FRAME 

Ultra SCSI (dpsframed $54 

ULTRA WIDE SCSI (dpuwframea) $61 

SCA (DPSCAFRAME) $63 

ACCESSORIES for Data Port V and VI 

Cover plate (opfpuvte) $8 $10 

Metal Carrying Case. Fully lined w/security lock (DPCASEM) $49 
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Seagate Backup Exec 

Windows 95 & 98 (SBEWDWD) $65 

Windows NT workstation (SBENTWD) $69 

Windows single server (SBENTSE) $419 

Windows NT multi server (SBENTME) $859 

Small Business Server Suite (SBENTSB) $429 

Netware single server & unlimited users (SBENWSE) $409 

Netware multi server (SBENWME) $829 
NovaStor 

NovaWorks CD contains backup software for DOS, Win 3.1, 
Windows 95, Win NT, and OS/2. Compatible with SCSI, 

IDE, and QIC drives (19801) $49 

NovaBackup for Windows NT/2000Server (29801) $115 

NovaBackup for Windows NT/2000 Workstation (29821) $55 
NovaNet 8 for Windows 

SE for Windows NT/2000 (79210) $295 

Single Server for NT/2000 (79230) $395 

Unlimited for NT/2000 (79250) $639 
(We also have NovaNet 8 for NetWare. Call for pricing) 

We now carry a large variety of software 

including: gaming software, multimedia 

software, business software & more! Call. 



100MB Zip Drive — Iomega USB 100MB Zip drive. Easy to 
install, simply connect to the USB port on your system and 
install the included software. #ZIP100USB $99 

4x4x6 CD Rewritable for PC or Mac — Master Cds 
with this complete kit. Includes mastering software and drive 
in high quality external USB case. #CRX100E/X2 $279 

2.2QB Orb — Revolutionary removable media storage by 
Castlewood Systems holds 2.2GB of uncompressed storage capaci- 
ty. Includes a 2.2GB cartridge. #ORBUSB $189 
250MB Zip — Iomega USB 250MB Zip drive. Easy to install, 
simply connect to the USB port on your system and install the 
included software. #ZIP250USB $165 
USB to SCSI Adapter — USB to SCSI adapter by Adaptec. 
Allows you to attach any SCSI device to the USB port. 
Supports up to 7 SCSI devices. #USBSCSI $69 
SuperDisk Drive 120MB & Floppy — Imation LS-120 
USB drive for iMac & Blue G3 systems. Reads Mac & PC for- 
mats. Uses 1.4MB and 120MB disks. #USBLS120 $139 
1394 USB/PCI Board — 2 1394 ports & 2 USB external 
ports for plug and play peripherals. #70HTL00060 $125 
Floppy Drive — Teac USB floppy for iMac. Reads & writes 
Mac and PC formats. Features iMac blue case. #USBFLOPPY $85 
USB Hard Drives — USB external hard drive with built-in 
fan & USB cable. Cool looking translucent white plastic casing. 



10GB #USB10GB $165 


15GB #USB15GB $179 


20GB #USB20GB $205 


30GB #USB30GB $229 



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1394 PCMCIA CardBus — Hot plug connect multimedia 

peripherals without restarting. #70HTL0OO40 $105 

1394 USB/PCI Board — 2 1394 & 2 USB external ports for 

plug & play peripherals. USB/PCI Board #70HTL00060 $125 
1394 PCI/Mac Board Kit — Edit video from your PC or 

your Macintosh #70HTL13941 $89 

1394 Hub — Disconnect 1394 peripherals without dis 

turbing peripherals in a daisy chain. #70HTL00030 $89 
1394 Repeater: #70HTL0O020 $45 

1394 IS Ft. Cable: 6pin to 4pin #70CAB13943 $28 

13394 15 Ft. Cable: 6pin to 6pin #70CAB13942 $30 

1394 UMAX PowerLook 1100 Scanner 

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PS790-2 


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PF795 


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P815-4 


$899 


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$999 


VP181 


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Epson PhotoPC 750Z 
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Sony MVC-FD73 
MVCFD73 $495 



Sony MVC-FD88 
MVCFD88 $879 



Epson PhotoPC 850Z 
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Epson PhotoPC 3000Z 
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ATI RAGE FURY 128 AGP W/32MB SDRAM 
3dfx Voodoo3 3000 PCI W/16MB SDRAM 



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100-708036 


$195 


V555464 


$295 


V3T416 


$179 


V33416 


$125 


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Sony Handycam Media Converter 

Sony Digital MaviCap Recorder 

Sony Digital MaviCap Recorder w/LCD Monitor 



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Studio DClOplus Motion-JPEG Video Capture Kit 
MicroVIDEO DV500 Digital Video Editing Kit 
Studio 400 Video Capture Kit 
MicroVIDEO DC50 Digital Video Editing Kit 
Studio MP10 Video Editing Kit 

MicroVIDEO DC30pro Digital Video Editing Software Kit 
MicroMOTION DC30 plus Video & Audio Editing System for Mac 
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$1775 


160300010R 


$89 


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$1259 


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$179 


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$519 


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ViewSonic Liquid Crystal Display LCD Projector PJ1060 

ViewSonic Liquid Crystal Display LCD Projector PJ860 

ViewSonic Office Theater Liquid Crystal Display LCD Projector PJL1035 



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$5295 
$3995 
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Visit our webstore under the "Multimedia" listing to see all our great 
multimedia accessories including extension cords, adapters and tuner cards. 




Professional Series Earphone (LT830) $21 

Designed for home stereo use, the LT830 delivers the maximum in audio performance, while 
offering superior comfort and listening convenience. 

Professional Series Earphone (LT820) $13 

Designed for portable audio and home stereo use, the LT820 delivers the maximum in sound 
performance while offering superior comfort and listening versatility. 

Stereo Headset/Boom Microphone (C322) $20 

New comfort & fit design provides optimal voice clarity for voice command, internet communi- 
cations, multi-player gaming and other multimedia applications. 

Headset/Boom Microphone (LVA8450) $39 

for PC Speech Recognition Applications 

Designed to provide accurate audio input for speech recognition, voice command, internet com- 
munications and all other PC multimedia applications. Comfortable too! 

FlexNeck™ Microphone (am-252) $12 

Get optimal clarity for voice command, internet telephony, and other multimedia applications. 

High Output Hand Microphone (AM222) $13 

Provides optimal voice clarity for voice command, internet telephony, educational software and 
other multimedia applications. 

FlexiMount™ PC Microphone (AM240) $12 

Optimal clarity for voice command, internet telephony, educational software, and other multi- 
media applications. Features wide base stand. 

Quality Computer Speakers (LCS1060) $29 

Performance and value delivered in this contemporary design. Comes with microphone and 
headphone jacks. Bass port for bigger bass and full, rich sound. 

High Quality Computer Speakers (LCS1070) $39 

Superior perfomance delivered in this sophisticated design. Comes with microphone and head- 
phone jacks & bass port. 3D surround sound quality for DVD movies and games. 

Space-Saver™ Computer Speakers (lcsioio) $15 

Make the most of limited desk space while enjoying great sound that makes the most of your 
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FrameMaker V6.0 for Windows 27910344 $829 

Illustrator V9.0 for Windows 2600-0946 $409 

PageMaker 6.5 Plus for Windows 27530001 $519 

Photoshop V5.5 w/Image Ready 2.0 for Windows 23100784 $629 

Photoshop V5.5 w/Image Ready 2.0 for Win., Upgrade 23100787 $199 

Coldfusion Studio V4.5 CF45STUNTUS $469 

OmniPage Pro V10.0 for Windows 2889AF00100 $65 

FileMaker Pro V5.0 for Windows 321000U $239 

Act 2000 V5.0 for Windows 95/98/NT C7AR50USCLO $179 

QuickBooks Pro 2000 254800 $1 15 

QuickBooks Pro 2000, (5 User) 254817 $379 

DreamWeaver 3.0 for Windows DWW30D01 $279 

Office 2000 Professional 269-03670 $439 

Office 2000 Professional, Upgrade IMMXUK .$£29 

Office 2000 SBE Small Business 588-01298 $379 

Windows 2000 Advanced Server C10-00010 $3719 

Windows 2000 Professional Upgrade B23-00082 $245 

Small Business Server V4.5 for Windows NT 723-00339 $1395 

SQL Server V7.0 for Internet 530-0010 $2889 

MSDN Universal V6.0 534-00221 $2519 

MSDN Universal V6.0, Upgrade 534-00223 $2019 

FrontPage 2000 32 Bit for Windows 392-00492 $149 

QuarkXPress V4.1 for Windows 112201 $869 



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AS THE LAST SECONDS OF 2000 TICKED AWAY, THE BALL DROPPED IN 
Times Square, the confetti was tossed, noisemaker sounds echoed off the canyon 
walls of New York City, and all the champagne corks popped, the first thing Alice 
said was, 'Another year, another $14.75!" Bill heaved a small sigh of relief as well. 

Alice furrowed her brow in introspection and slipped her hand into the tote, barely 
aware of what she was doing. In a time-honored tradition, she plucked out the past 12 
issues of Computer Shopper (no longer such a spectacular feat, Bill mused). The behe- 
moth of pulp friction had somehow managed to slip from a puffy 1,000 pages to a mere 
300 or so, and now appeared in traditional ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 
magazine dimensions as well. Bill just 
shook his head. It was going to be a cold 
year in the Basement of Doom and Pepsi- 
Cola. (Either that or he'd need to start 
buying firewood.) Alice spread the maga- 
zines across the table, slid the January 
2000 edition from the selection, and 
opened to "The Hard Edge." 

"You know," she said, taking a sip from 
her margarita (stirred, not blended), 
"We've had some heck of a year. We final- 
ly got a P7!" 

"Sure," intoned Bill, blowing bubbles 
into his Pepsi through the bendable drink- 
ing straw "But Intel is calling it the 
Pentium 4 and telling us it's not going to 
do well with current software because this 
new CPU is so advanced." 

"Didn't they say the same thing about 
the 60MHz Pentium when it was released?" 
asked Alice. 

"Yup. And do you know when the 
Pentium actually got faster?" 

"When Intel decreased the die size..." 
"...which is exactly what's happening 
with the Pentium 4," Bill continued. "Better 
still, anyone buying one of the King Kong 
P4s now in anticipation of the arrival of 
new software..." 

"...will probably take a bath on the 
price as the cost of P4 systems drop by 
the time the software finally shows up." 
After almost eight-and-a-half years togeth- 
er doing "The Hard Edge," it was quite 
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knew what the other would have said. 
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for those around them who were eaves- 
dropping. 

"And Microsoft introduced Windows 
Millennium Edition in 2000 a year early, 
which is probably better than the two-year 
delay it had for the introduction of 
Windows 96, er, Windows 98." 

Thankfully," added Bill, "we have a bet- 
ter sense of timing." Which was Bill's way 
of saying, "Welcome to 'The Hard Edge' 
2001. Not only is it the start of a new calen- 
dar millennium, it's the beginning of a digi- 
tal age: 01.01.01. And boy are we going to 
have a lot of fun with it." 

(For those of you with subscriptions, 



who are reading this near the end of 
December, just play along. For those of you 
in Montana, put the crayon down now.) 

GET READY FOR V-C0MMERCE 

Last month Alice wrote about a company 
called CafePress.com that allows you to 
build an online store in less than 10 min- 
utes, carry your own logo-ed merchandise, 
and decide the markup on each item — all 
without charging you a dime for the ser- 
vice, shipping, or order processing. Many 
"Hard Edge" readers wrote in offering 
oddly polite thanks when they were able to 
set up their own stores for their softball 
teams and even family memorabilia. 

But Alice isn't content selling coffee mugs 
with her name on them and letting the larger 
issue go uninvestigated. She started thinking 
about what CafePress was doing when it 
flipped the business model neatly around, 
and she began some serious online searching 
for more information on the topic. Guess 
what? There really wasn't any. Although it's 
still incredibly early, Alice thinks she may 

have hit on a trend no one has 
ft written about. 

It's called v-commerce. 
Write this down, and lock in 
the date when you first heard 
it, because Alice thinks this 
may be the way of the future. 
The "v" stands for "virtual," 
and as the name suggests, the 
idea is to open an online store, 
L^_ put your name on it, and 



infrastructure. When you 
think about it, Amazon.com did that with 
the Ingram catalog, but it also had the huge 
added expense of creating the commerce 
platform, designing its own warehouses, and 
so on. The question on Alice's mind: Was it 
possible to create a store that rivaled 
Amazon in basic features, selection, related 
products, customer service, and so forth, 
without actually shelling out a dime? Could 
one go virtual in the commerce space and 
avoid the overhead expenses that pulled 
down the stock prices of so many e-com- 
merce companies? 

After much research, Alice found a com- 
pany that lets you do just that. Vstore.com 
(www.vstore.com) will let you set up your 
own store in less than 5 minutes, and you 
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items in categories ranging from home appli- 
ances to computers) as you like. The store- 
building software is sophisticated; you can 
pick from designs such as "Amoeba," layer in 
color schemes (Alice chose "Sailboat"), and 
even choose from an array of typefaces. 
From there, you can leave the store on 
autopilot or pick which products you want 
to feature on the various categories' doors. 

The cost to you: nothing. You get 
between 5 percent and 15 percent of each 
sale, which means pure profit from the first 
time your cash register rings. Of course, 
getting people to your site can cost you 
some serious money if you're truly serious, 
but if you stay away from Super Bowl ads 
and customize your store into a nice place 
people will remember, you still come out 
ahead. On the Vstore side, they just con- 
centrate on what they do best: getting in a 
ton of merchandise and improving their 
store-building tools. With both sides taking 
care of business, who knows, maybe this 
will be the way to successful e-commerce 
for many small companies. 

So what's the catch? The first would be 
Vstore's viability long term. Vstore is 
backed by CMGI, an investment umbrella 
corporation that has been saddled with a 
lot of failing dot-coms. And so far, it has 
more than 1 million products ready to go, 
but with so many dot-coms failing, Alice 
would never predict the longevity or likeli- 
hood of any company these days. The good 
news is with no investment needed on your 
part, it doesn't hurt to set up your own 
store and take a crack at being a virtual 
merchant on your lunch break. At the least, 
you can buy from your own store and treat 
yourself to a nice discount. Pricing overall, 
Alice found after doing some store-by-store 
comparisons, was on the midrange side. 
You'll definitely find cheaper places out 
there, but overall, the Vstore platform is 
robust, nicely stocked, and fairly priced. 

Alice rarely writes so positively about 
any company, but free technical things that 
cost other people millions is like having the 
last laugh "Hard Edge" style. So check out 
Vstore and become your own merchant. 
Even if you never make a dime, at least 
you'll be in good company and out far less 
pocket money than Mr. Bezos. 

If you want to check out Alice's test 
store, try alicestore.vstoreelectronics.com. 

AMD WITH THE BALL 

Bill's crystal ball is still at the urologist, so it's 
difficult to tell three weeks before its official 



introduction (in "Hard Edge" time) whether 
the industry is taking the release of Intel's 
Pentium 4 as badly as it should. (If Intel's 
stock has dipped to around 30, it probably 
has.) There's a great opportunity here. 

In the past, Bill has given AMD a hard 
time for its lack of innovation. Let's face it, 
the company's chip strategies have kept it in 
Intel's shadow even during those times 
when it initially beat Intel to the punch. 

Now, however, with Intel seemingly 
incapable of doing anything right (do 
Pentium-based computers support DDR 
SDRAM yet?), this is 
the time for AMD to 
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Install Windows Me on every 600MHz 
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Spider Solitaire. 

Put a few 60GB or 70GB drives online 
in the BofD&PC in anticipation of 
Matrox's Marvel 450 card. 

Get a DVD-RAM drive. 

Hack into TiVo and upgrade the avail- 
able record time to 200 hours. 

Find one meaningful use for a Web 
enabled cell phone. 

Wash the Corvette 

Keep making fun of Intel until it starts 
doing things right again. 

Finally get a Web site for "The Hard 
Edge." 

Upgrade to all gigahertz devices — 
phones, CPUs, and so on. 

Dump AOL account. 



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cheaper. (All right, it 
can keep the cheaper 
part.) How about a 
1.8GHz (or faster) 
Athlon that will kick 
Intel's butt firmly and 
decisively (and not just 
in the minds of 
Athlonophiles) by 
proving you can brute- 
force your way 
through the FPU with- 
out resorting to new 
and unavailable pro- 
gramming routines, as 
Intel would have us 
believe is the case for SSE2? 

How about a 2GHz Athlon that's priced 
such that you could buy a system with a 
60GB hard drive, the latest and greatest 
graphics card (more likely than not some- 
thing with an nVidia chip on it for 3D), 
DVD /CD-RW drive, great sound and 
speakers (Dolby 5:1, of course) and a 19- 
inch monitor (which Alice and Bill are 
declaring the new standard monitor size for 
the digital age) for less than $2,500 on the 
very first day the CPU is available? That 
would be a hoot. It can be done. 

IMAC DV PLUSES 

When Bill's next-door neighbor asked for a 
recommendation about a system that 
would handle digital movie editing and cre- 
ation, it was with a heavy heart that Bill 
recommended the iMac DV Plus. Sure, 
when Bill started his career (many years 
ago) he did so by focusing on Apple prod- 
ucts. Two of the six books Bill wrote were 
about Apple computers (the He and the 
Macintosh). But that romance ended in 
1985 as Macs became ponderous and over- 



priced, and PCs were beginning to become 
downright bargains. 

So what's changed to make Bill cut even 
this small inroad? Apple has done some- 
thing very smart over the years, and it's 
finally paying off. The core features it 
wants for its computers are integrated on 
the motherboard. Normally, Alice and Bill 
are very much opposed to that and, in gen- 
eral, they still are. But if you look at some- 
thing like Fire Wire, which 
on the PC has become less 
than a second-class citizen 
in favor of pokey old USB, 
that strategy can pay off 
big time. 

Why do PCs need 
Fire Wire? They need the 
speed. USB won't cut it for 
30-fps digital streaming 
video no matter what plat- 
ter they try to serve it to 
you on. "But there are 
Fire Wire interface cards 
available," you cry. Yes, 
there are, but with minor 
exceptions, they're hit-or- 
miss propositions with the 
capability of causing 
resource-hogging complica- 
tions. If that does happen, 
fingers point all over the place. You put 
Fire Wire on the PC's motherboard, you 
make the BIOS responsible for managing it, 
and you get rid of all of the angst in one 
swell foop. Hats off to Apple for taking the 
lead (again?) in bringing new technology to 
the consumer without the need for an 
accompanying packet of lubricant. 

HAPPY HUNDRED (AND ONE), A&B 
If you haven't wished Alice and Bill a happy 
hundredth "Hard Edge" by sending them 
an e-mail or even a card, shame on you! 
Luckily, it's a brand-new year, and you can 
start things off fresh by sending Alice and 
Bill a fine rant or comment of a technical 
nature. Alice has been pleased by all the 
mail she's been getting now that she con- 
trols the e-mail address, so please keep the 
kind words and comments coming. 

"The Hard Edge" 

Computer Shopper 

28 E. 28th St., 10th PL 

New York, NY 10016-7922 

hardedge@zdnet.com 



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XDBCK28B 2K pes capacity. $7.95 

XDBCK56B 56 pes capacity. $10.95 

• PVC material, black color. 

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XDBCP80B SO pes capacity. $9.95 

XDBCP208B 208 pes capacity. $19.95 

Metal Thumb Screw For Case 

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• Replace Philip's head chassis 
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XAK05 $12.95 






Cardexpert AGP 
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ATI Charger 
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Trident 9750 Chip AGP Cards 

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Jaton Trident 9880 AGP Cards 

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• Supports DVD \ideo play back. 
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Yamaha 724 PCI Sound Cards 

• Compatible with Microsoft windows, and 
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• 32-bit PCI Interface. 

• Supports Multi-Language. 

MSCA724 $11.99 

MSCA744 $22.99 

AOpen PCI 3D Sound Cards 

• Compatible to Windows Sound System, and 
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• Support 4 channel speaker. 

• Digital sound connector with Fiber optic. 

• Professional digital audio interface that 
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• Connect your PC to digital device play back 
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MSCAP744 $21.95 

MSCAP744P $24.95 

Creative SB Live! PCI Sound 
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• MP3 encoder and a full suite for MP3. 

• 4 speaker support. Full Duplex Max. 

MSCXG X-Game $89.95 

MSCCMP3 MP3T $89.95 

Crystal ISA Sound Cards 

• 16-bit 3D stereo effect. 

• Full deplex & crystal chip. 

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Photo Mouse Pad 

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Multimedia Computer 
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KB Wrist Rest 

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• 5 PCI, 1 AGP Slot. Audio on board. 

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B7FAZ11 FIC- $98.95 

• Supports PC 100/1 33 SDRAM. 

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•5 PCI, 1 ISA, 1 AMR Slot. 

• Audio on board. 

• Supports Dual Bios Technology. 
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• No Audio. 

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• Supports Intel Celeron and Pentium 
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• 6 PCI, 1 ISA, 1 AGP Slot. 

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B7BBF6 ABIT- $94.95 

• Supports Intel Celeron and Pentium 
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• 4 PCI, 3 ISA, 1 AGP Slot. 
B7AP299 ASUS $92.95 

• Supports Pentium III up to 800MHz. 

• Supports Ultra DMA 66. 

• 4 PCI, 2 ISA, 1 AMR, 1 AGP Slot. 

• Integrated PCI Audio Board. 
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CD-ROM 




Internal CD ROM 

• Support Ultra DMA 

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• IDE CD-ROM 
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MCRD52X 52X, Delta $33.95 

MCRF50X 50X, Afreey $31.95 

MCRF56X 56X, Afreey $38.49 

MCRA50X 50X, ASUS $39.99 

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MCRD52XC 52X, Delta $34.95 

• Using SCSI-2 interface. 

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MCRE40XS 40X, NEC $66.95 

MCRT40XS 40X, Toshiba $64.95 

Internal DVD-ROM 

• Supported IDE/Ultra-DMA 

• Supported DVD and CD format. 

MDVF10X 10X, Afreey $89.99 

MDVD12X 12X, Delta $89.95 

MDVP16X 16X, Pioneer. .$124.95 

MDVA1640 16X, AOpen. ..$118.95 

MDVC8X 8X, Creative.. .$124.95 



Internal CD-RW 

• Ideal for data saving, 
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•EIDE/ATAPI Interface. 
MWKAP9832 

8x4x32, AOPEN $149.95 

MWH 104321 

10x4x32, Hewlett Packard $229.95 

MWH8432 

8x4x32, Hewlett Packard $174.95 

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8x4x32, Panasonic $134.95 

MWY8824I 

8x8x24, Yamaha $169.95 

MWP101232 

10x12x32, Plextor $262.95 

MWG8432 

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• Using SCSI-3 interface. 

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B7AK7VA ASUS $124.95 

• Supports AMD Athlon. 

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•Support ATA/ 100. 

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B7BKA7 ABIT- $139.95 

• Supports AMD K7 Slot A CPU. 

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• 5 PCI, 1 ISA, 1AGP, 1AMR Slot. 
B7C7ATA Chaintech $99.95 

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BCFMB P233+/K6-2 

Cooling Kit $6.95 

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BCFK72 2 Fans Cooling kit $11.00 

BCFK73 3 Fans Cooling kit $13.00 

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Supports P2 CPU 400 MHz or higher. 
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